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The Myths of 1960

Edmund F. Kallina

in Kennedy v. Nixon

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034850
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034850.003.0011
The Myths of 1960

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While the 1960 presidential election was over, the controversy concerning it was just beginning. Historians, political scientists, politicians, and interested citizens began trying to make sense of what had happened. Inevitably, these interpretations were more about satisfying the practical and psychological needs of the interpreter than anything else. The explanations made their way into the national consciousness, where they have continued to shape the popular perception of the election for a half century.

Keywords: presidential election; political interpretation; political myth; baseline vote; John F. Kennedy; Congress

Chapter.  6245 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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