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Kennedy v. NixonThe Presidential Election of 1960$
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Edmund F. Kallina Jr.

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034850

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034850.001.0001

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The Myths of 1960

The Myths of 1960

(p.201) 10 The Myths of 1960
Kennedy v. Nixon

Edmund F. Kallina

University Press of Florida

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

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