Academic journal article Social Education

Who's the Boss?

Academic journal article Social Education

Who's the Boss?

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Shortly after my article titled "Making the Abstract Concrete" appeared in the November/December 2005 issue of Social Education, I received a question via e-mail from a teacher asking about one of the documents featured in the article--President Nixon's resignation letter. She wondered why Nixon addressed the letter to Secretary of State Kissinger.

Other readers might be interested in my response to her. I explained that the official reason Nixon sent his resignation letter to Kissinger is because of an act passed by Congress on March 1, 1792. That act, officially titled "An Act relative to the Election of a President and Vice President of the United States, and declaring the officer who shall act as President in case of Vacancies in the offices of both President and Vice President," contains a stipulation in Section n that reads, "That the only evidence of refusal to accept, or of a resignation of the Office of President or Vice President, shall be an instrument in writing, declaring the same, and subscribed by the person refusing to accept or resigning, as the case may be, and delivered to the Office of the Secretary of State." (This is available in the Statutes at Large and is online from the Library of Congress at memory.loc.gov.)

Before sharing this information with her students though, I encouraged the teacher to talk with them about the act of resigning from any position. …

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