In 1960: LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon, award-winning presidential historian David Pietrusza crafted a revealing, electrifying portrait of the first modern-day presidential campaign, the epic battle between Sen. John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon. It was the first campaign to utilize the power of television, the first in which all fifty states would participate. More than that, it was the dawn of a bold new decade and the moment when America would select its first president born in the 20th century. With new insight and previously untold stories, Pietrusza characterizes the key participants, explores the grueling inner-party conflicts leading up to the nominating conventions, and eloquently contextualizes one of the closest races in presidential history.
Pietrusza will join Curator Stephen Fagin to discuss the 1960 election, the larger-than-life personalities at its center and the ways in which that important race helped shaped cross-country campaigning right up to the 2016 race for the White House. This special program kicks off The Sixth Floor Museum’s new exhibit, “A Time for Greatness,” about the 1960 election and the Kennedy campaign, which opens May 21. A reception will precede the program.