In her first term, Jordan electrified the Nixon impeachment hearings with her eloquence. “My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total,” she intoned. “I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution.” Ill health, however, cut short her promising political career.
Barbara Jordan listening to debate on the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, photograph, July 25, 1974.
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