July 12, 2020

New Online: Lincoln Presidential Library Digitizes First Televised Presidential Debate, From 1956 Primary

From The Southern:

Rare footage of the first televised presidential debate in U.S. history has been put online by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, giving voters a chance to see the dramatic change in debate tone and style since 1956.

The video captures a debate between Adlai Stevenson II and Estes Kefauver during the 1956 Democratic primary campaign. ABC broadcast it May 21 from Miami just before Florida voters went to the polls. It was moderated by journalist Quincy Howe.

Only two copies of the debate are known to exist, and neither has been generally available to the public until now, according to a news release from the museum. The ALPLM has made a digital version of its 16mm film copy of the hour-long debate.

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From the Video Description:

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum acquired the 16mm print of the debate from Adlai Stevenson in 1962, when he donated his papers to the Illinois State Historical Library, ALPLM’s

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