Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
The Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-61, seemed to many Americans to be an "era of good feeling." The hard divisions over the Korean War and McCarthyism had been healed, and the country enjoyed peace and prosperity; "I like Ike" was more than just a political slogan--it was a national sentiment.
Yet, to the liberals in America, Eisenhower seemed to be merely a latter-day McKinley. To the liberals, this peace and prosperity was a euphemism for the stagnation and drift caused by the inaction of the Eisenhower Administration.
So, to most American liberals, with their terrible sense of urgency, the only person to lead the U.S. out of this quagmire of inaction and complacency was the man described by Senator Eugene McCarthy as the "prophet" of the 1950's: Adlai E. Stevenson.
Kester, Robert A., "1960 : the dilemma of Adlai Stevenson" (1969). Honors Theses. 270.