Talking Sense to the American People: The Appeal of Adlai Stevenson in the McCarthy Era.
AuthorNott, Daniel Michael
AffiliationSchool of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Document TypeMasters Research thesis
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2020 Daniel Michael Nott
The purpose of the thesis is to investigate the enduring popularity of Adlai Stevenson with the liberal elements of the Democratic Party during the 1950’s. This is worth investigating as he was the overwhelming favourites of liberals during the period despite holding conservative positions on many of the major issues that concerned liberalism. The thesis is structured in three chapters analysing Stevenson’s political career: The first is devoted to explaining his gubernatorial career, the second his nomination and performance during the 1952 election, the third focuses on how Stevenson managed to remain relevant as McCarthyism faded as an issue. The thesis found Stevenson’s prominence is best explained by his stance of McCarthyism. Stevenson’s defence of civil liberties and his sober and sensible persona impressed and inspired liberals during a time of bitter partisanship and apparent hysteria.
KeywordsAdlai Stevenson; Cold War Liberalism; McCarthyism
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