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|Creator||Richard M. Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev|
|Context||The "kitchen debate" took place in the context of increased tension between the United States and the Soviet Union at a U.S. trade exhibit in Moscow that featured an American kitchen.|
|Audience||Visitors to the American National Exhibition in Moscow|
|Purpose||In 1959, while touring an American trade exhibition in Moscow, the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Vice President Richard Nixon had a heated exchange of words about the merits of capitalism versus communism.|
This was a debate between a capitalist and a communist over which system provided a better material life for its citizens. For Nixon, American freedom amounted to consumer choice, particularly the opportunity for American women in the home to purchase and select the consumer goods of their liking. Nixon grounded his argument in American consumerism and private life--where women were homemakers, alleviated from the drudgery of household chores through modern appliances and technology. Khrushchev argued that capitalists had too many rich and too many poor, but the distribution of wealth was more equitable under socialism. The debate illustrated the heightened tension between the United States and the Soviet Union and added to Vice President Nixon's prestige at home. Nixon returned to the Soviet Union in 1972--this time as president.