Adlai E. Stevenson II, Presidential Contender
“The Contenders: They Lost the Election But Changed Political History” is a C-SPAN series of live programs about 14 presidential candidates before 1996 who lost the election but who had a lasting effect on U.S. politics.
Historian Richard Norton Smith, former Senator Adlai Stevenson III, and Newton Minow, who had worked for him, talked about the life and career of 1952 and 1956 Democratic presidential nominee Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-1965). They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications from the Stevenson family home in Libertyville, Illinois. While governor of Illinois, he was drafted as the Democratic nominee against General Eisenhower. Twice defeated in the general election, he lost the 1960 nomination to Senator John Kennedy, who later appointed him as ambassador to the United Nations. Video clips of speeches and campaign ads were shown, including an August 1, 1960, news conference with Senator Kennedy. Jacqueline Kennedy was heard in a March 1964 interview.
“The Contenders: They Lost the Election But Changed Political History” is a C-SPAN series of live programs about 14 presidential candidates before 1996 who lost the election but who had a lasting effect on U.S. politics. close
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Newton N. Minow Professor Northwestern University->Annenberg School for Communication
Peter Slen Host C-SPAN
Richard Norton Smith Presidential Historian
Adlai E. Stevenson III Chair Stevenson (Adlai) Center on Democracy->Board of Directors
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