John F. Kennedy's North Carolina Campaign

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On September 17, 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy, the Democratic nominee for president, flew to Greenville for a campaign rally on the campus of East Carolina College. Kennedy's ECC rally was part of a marathon daylong blitz that continued statewide through Greensboro and Charlotte. The campaign intended to go as far west as Asheville but due to inclement weather concluded with dinner at the governor's mansion in Raleigh and a rally at Reynolds Coliseum. With photographs as key primary sources, John F. Kennedy's North Carolina Campaign explores what happened that day, why it happened, and its significance in North Carolina's political history. While the book focuses on the East Carolina College rally, which was the first of the day, Kennedy's subsequent rallies ultimately bore statewide and national significance, making it impossible to examine only one stop without contextualizing it in relation to the remainder.
ISBN: 9780738592947
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 212
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
John Allen Tucker is a professor of history and university historian at East Carolina University in Greenville. In researching Kennedy's North Carolina campaign, he found hundreds of photographs of the rallies in the Daily Reflector Collection, J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University; the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library at UNC–Chapel Hill; and the North Carolina State Archives.