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The 1960 Presidential Campaign

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CourseGraphic In many ways the Presidential election campaign of 1960 was the model for those that followed. It featured the increasing importance of Presidential primaries and the rising influence of television, including the first ever televised debates. And yet, looking back, this campaign looks very different from the way Presidential candidates are selected today. In 1960, the party leadership still played a decisive role. Political conventions were events of high drama, as opposed to the insipid infomercials of our own era. Our principal text for this study group will be The Making of the President 1960, the Pulitzer Prize winning account by Theodore H. White. Published in 1961, this book proved to be a groundbreaking work of political journalism. Granted intimate access to all parties involved, White is able to offer unusual insight into campaign strategy, demographic trends, and policy issues, while exhibiting a sympathetic appreciation for the personalities of the politicians involved. And what personalities! We’ll meet Stevenson, Humphrey, Johnson, Rockefeller, and the ultimate contenders John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. We’ll supplement our primary text with videos and other accounts from the period. Join us as we revisit revisit this critical period in he creation of our modern nation.

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Rosemary O'Shea2.Dan Burns 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
3/5/2019 - 6/4/2019 Weekly - Tue 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Dan Burns  ; Rosemary O'Shea  ClassRoom