Advantages And Disadvantages Of The 1960s

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The 1960s in America was yet again another point in history where America was divided. With multiple civil rights movements continuing from previous years, the ending of World War II, The Korean Conflict and other social changes, were just a few things that caused a divide for the country. However, the greatest divider was the Presidential Election between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960. There are a number of reasons that the election of 1960 had and still has such significance to American history. To begin, it was the first election to be televised. Before television, the American people based their votes solely on what they heard and read. However, with this new technology, the people were now able to see as well as hear or read …show more content…

Kennedy had somewhat of a disadvantage compared to Nixon. Aside from being Roman Catholic, he had very little experience and was one of the youngest nominees to run for president. However, some Americans saw his fresh, young face and thought he was the change that the country needed. Kennedy appealed to the younger population of the 1960s. He was blessed with a comfortable upbringing, was very attractive and had a stunning young wife. America’s youth at the time thought Kennedy represented the perfect American image. Consequently, Kennedy’s “disadvantages” are what ultimately helped him win the election. One of the most memorable aspects of the 1960 Presidential Campaign was a series of debates that were broadcasted on television for the first time in United States history. These debates were another factor for Kennedy’s success. On television, Nixon appeared uneasy and sketchy. Kennedy on the other hand was calm, and well spoken. It is interesting to note that the audience watching these debates seemed certain that Kennedy did better and would win. In contrast, the people who only listened to the debates via radio thought that Nixon had done the better job and would

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