A silent majority is a large group of people who support something, but choose not to express their opinions publicly.
This term was made popular by US President Richard Nixon in a speech he gave on November 3 1969, about the Vietnam War. Nixon said "And so tonight, to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans; I ask for your support." The opposite of the silent majority were a noisy minority, a small group of people, who Nixon said tried to get their way by holding demonstrations in the streets.
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Nazi Germany[change | edit source]
During WWII many German citizens claimed they had no idea of what was happening with the concentration camps. However many citizens felt opposed but did not stand up and fight them.
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- "Nixon's 'Silent Majority' Speech [November 3, 1969"]. watergate.info. http://www.watergate.info/nixon/silent-majority-speech-1969.shtml. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
- "President Richard Nixon's "Silent Majority" Speech, November 1969". vietnamwar.net. http://www.vietnamwar.net/Nixon-2.htm. Retrieved March 27, 2010.