1956 Presidential Election: The Advent of Televised Debates

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A quick overview of the first televised presidential debate using surrogates Eleanor Roosevelt (for Adlai Stevenson) and Senator Margaret Chase Smith (for Dwight D. Eisenhower), on Face the Nation, November 11, 1956.

A portion of the Eleanor Roosevelt/Margaret Chase Smith debate as televised on CBS Face the Nation, November 11, 1956.
On May 21, 1956, Miami’s ABC affiliate WTVJ broadcast a one hour meeting of these “friendly rivals,” moderated by Quincy Howe. Shown only in the Miami region, the debate took place the day after the U.S. tested its first airdropped H-bomb, at Bikini Atoll, and nuclear proliferation, racial segregation, and the balance between big and small business dominated the discussion.
NPR All Things Considered interview with Fred Kahn, September 30, 2012.
FDR Library, Significant Documents Collection.
ER-25: Letter, ER to Sen. John F. Kennedy re: the First Televised Debate, and JFK's Reply Letter, September 27 & October 10, 1960 Note: ER Papers; General Correspondence, 1957-1962: Kennedy, John F., 1957-1960 (Box 3576)
Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.), May 27, 1956, Page A-27, Image 28
"Democrats: Gloves Off"
Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.), May 24, 1956, Page C-9, Image 75
"A Rousing Idea that Went Wrong"
Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.), April 23, 1956, Page A-5, Image 5
"Stevenson, Kefauver Debate Dates Under Study"
Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.), May 22, 1956, Page A-11, Image 11
"Florida not Excited Over Primary"
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