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On September 17, 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy, the Democratic
nominee for president, flew to Greenville for a campaign rally
on the campus of East Carolina College. Kennedy's ECC rally was
part of a marathon daylong blitz that continued statewide through
Greensboro and Charlotte. The campaign intended to go as far west
as Asheville but due to inclement weather concluded with dinner at
the governor's mansion in Raleigh and a rally at Reynolds Coliseum.
With photographs as key primary sources, John F. Kennedy's North
Carolina Campaign explores what happened that day, why it happened,
and its significance in North Carolina's political history. While the
book focuses on the East Carolina College rally, which was the first
of the day, Kennedy's subsequent rallies ultimately bore statewide and
national significance, making it impossible to examine only one stop
without contextualizing it in relation to the remainder.
About the Author
John Allen Tucker is a professor of history and university historian at East Carolina University in Greenville. In researching Kennedy's North Carolina campaign, he found hundreds of photographs of the rallies in the Daily Reflector Collection, J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University; the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library at UNC -Chapel Hill; and the North Carolina State Archives.
Table of Contents
1 Overtures 9
2 Pitt-Greenville Airport 23
3 Farmers Warehouse 37
4 The Greenville Motorcade 49
5 East Carolina College Stadium 63
6 Greensboro Airport Rally 85
7 Charlotte 97
8 Raleigh 105
9 Celebration and Tragedy 115