Eisenhower2ndTerm - XI.RoundTwoforIke I. In 1956,...

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XI. Round Two for “Ike” I. In 1956, Eisenhower again ran against Stevenson and won easily by a landslide. II. The GOP called itself the “party of peace” while the Democrats assaulted Ike’s health, since he had had a heart attack in 1955 and a major abdominal operation in ’56. o However, the Democrats did win the House and Senate. III. After Secretary of State Dulles died of cancer in 1959 and presidential assistant Sherman Adams was forced to leave under a cloud of scandal due to bribery charges, Eisenhower, without his two most trusted and most helpful aides, was forced to govern more and golf less. IV. A drastic labor-reform bill in 1959 grew from recurrent strikes in critical industries. V. Teamster chief “Dave” Beck was sent to prison for embezzlement, and his successor, James R. Hoffa ’s appointment got the Teamsters expelled out of the AF of L-CIO. o Hoffa was later jailed for jury tampering and then disappeared in prison, allegedly murdered by some gangsters that he had crossed. VI. The 1959 Landrum-Griffin Act was designed to bring labor leaders to book for financial shenanigans and prevent bullying tactics. o Anti-laborites forced into the bill bans against “secondary boycotts” and certain types of picketing. VII. A “space-race” began in 1957. o On October 4, 1957, the Russians launched Sputnik I into space, and a month later, they sent Sputnik II into orbit as well, thus totally demoralizing Americans, because this seemed to prove communist superiority in the sciences at least. Plus, the Soviets might fire missiles at the U.S. from space. o Critics charged that Truman had not spent enough money on missile programs while America had used its science for other things, like television. o
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