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Chapter 38 The Eisenhower Era APUSH
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The Advent of Eisenhower In 1952, the Democrats chose Adlai E. Stevenson - governor of Illinois as their candidate. Republicans – chose WWII hero Dwight D. Eisenhower as their presidential candidate and anticommunist Richard Nixon as his VP.
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Election of 1952 Eisenhower was a war hero and liked by everyone. He decided to leave the burden of heavy campaigning to Nixon. Nixon attacked Stevenson who he felt was soft against Communists, corrupt and weak in the Korean situation.
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Checkers Speech Nixon then almost got caught with a secretly financed “slush fund,” but to save his political career, he delivered his famous, touching “Checkers Speech.”
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Checkers Speech It was a little cocker spaniel dog, in a crate that he had sent all the way from Texas, black and white, spotted, and our little girl Tricia, the six year old, named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, loved the dog, and I just want to say this, right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we are going to keep it.
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Checkers dog…. It isn't easy to come before a nation-wide audience and bare your life, as I have done. But I want to say some things before I conclude, that I think most of you will agree on.
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The Checkers Speech showed the awesome power of television since Nixon had pleaded on national tv. Even later, “Ike” as Eisenhower was called, agreed to go into a studio and answer some brief questions that were later spliced in and edited to make it look like Eisenhower had answer questions from a live audience (which he didn’t).
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This shows the power of the new form of TV. Political campaigning will be done in “commercial” format and in rehearsed sound bytes from now on that the American public has widespread access to a TV.
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Eisenhower wins…. Eisenhower and Nixon won easily. 442 electoral votes to 89. True to his campaign promise to end the Korean conflict, he flew to Korea for a three day visit to help move along peace negotiations… and failed. 7 months later, after Ike threatened to use nuclear force, an armistice was signed (and later violated often).
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“Ike” Takes Command Eisenhower had been an excellent commander and leader who was able to make cooperation possible between anyone, so he seemed to be a perfect leader for Americans weary of two decades of depression, war and nuclear standoff.
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He served that aspect of his job well, but he could have used his popularity to champion civil rights more than he actually did. Critics claimed that Eisenhower cared more for social harmony than social justice.
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McCarthyism…. The success of brutal anticommunist “crusader” Joseph R. McCarthy was quite alarming. After he charged on to the national scene by
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2011 for the course APUSH 101 taught by Professor Teacher during the Spring '11 term at Clemson.

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