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    Robert F. Kennedy: Personal Notes during Adlai Stevenson Campaign, 1956. Eighteen pages (10 sheets) of manuscript notes, 6" x 9" notepad paper, no place, [circa September 1956]. Following his nomination for president at the Democratic National Convention in 1956, Adlai Stevenson requested and received the support of both John and Robert Kennedy. In September, Robert Kennedy joined the Stevenson campaign for a period of six weeks. Here are eighteen pages of his handwritten notes in pencil taken during that period. In these notes, RFK records his candid observations of speeches, audience reactions, politicians met, and political conversations. Included are his notes about general attitudes he met regarding the Kennedys, and in particular his brother - "Much enthusiasm for Jack." Amongst the political observations are notes of humor: "Sunday morning after 8:15 Mass went by to see Bill Blair. Asked me for breakfast and as I was hungry ate the Governor's [Stevenson's]. Upon finishing the melon he came in + asked for his. I told him Bill Blair had eaten it + skurried off." Also included are notes on a speech he delivered with the characteristic Kennedy wit in Little Rock, Arkansas: "It is a gt pleasure + honor to be here with you today. As a matter of fact since the convention in Chicago we in Massachusetts look upon the States of the South as our second home. As a matter of fact we Kennedys have taken to singing Dixie before breakfast every morning." Kennedy saw this six-week period as an opportunity to educate himself on national politics, particularly on how to run a presidential campaign. These lessons bore fruit four years later in 1960, when he managed his brother John's successful campaign for the presidency. A great deal of interesting content. Typical wear and age.

    From the collection of Dr. Dean Rudoy. For more information, please click here.


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