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The Postwar United States
The Presidential Election of 1960
Presidential Portraits

Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present contains an extensive collection of paintings and photographs of our nation's leaders and their wives. What can be learned from examining such portraits? Compare the portraits of John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy with those of his two predecessors and their wives, Dwight Eisenhower and his wife Mamie Eisenhower and Harry Truman and his wife Bess Truman. Does anything about their appearance indicate why the Kennedys were seen as different from their predecessors? Anything about the way in which the photographs were taken?

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John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Mamie Eisenhower

Mamie Eisenhower

Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman

Bess Truman

Bess Truman


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