Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||The Associated Press/Wide World Photos|
|Context||Kennedy-Nixon debates in the presidential campaign of 1960|
|Audience||National television audience|
|Purpose||To show how television influenced political events|
These photographs were taken during the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debates in 1960. Seventy million Americans watched John F. Kennedy debate Richard M. Nixon. On television, Kennedy appeared relaxed and energetic while Nixon looked tense. These photographs show the impact that visual images had on viewers who were able to "see" the candidates' appearance, body language, and gestures as never before. After the debate, polls taken of who won the debate differed based on the medium. Radio listeners thought Nixon won the debate, while television viewers thought Kennedy had won. Kennedy himself admitted, "It was TV more than anything else that turned the tide."