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Unformatted text preview: Politics in The 1960s Looking at the Past Through the Lens of Politics Eisenhower: The Right Man for His Time When Dwight Eisenhower was elected president in 1952, he was the perfect candidate for his time. Rock solid and filled with integrity, he provided a reassuring presence within a political environment rife with anti-communist hysteria and overheated accusations of treason. With unblemished credentials as the supreme commander of the Allied Forces during World War II, the respected general also seemed to be the commander in chief capable of ending the stalemate in Korea. But by 1960, the steady former general had morphed, in the popular imagination, into the plodding old general. It was not just the mild stroke he suffered in 1957 that convinced many that the country needed a more vital chief executive; there were signs everywhere that America had lost its edge under his leadership. In August and September of 1957, the Soviets successfully tested intercontinental ballistic missiles, seeming to place the communists ahead in the nuclear...
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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