John F. Kennedy's Presidential Campaign in North Carolina Captured in Vintage Images

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As the nation's Democrats prepare to gather in Charlotte, a new pictorial history book takes a look back at one of the most famous presidential campaigns to ever cross the Tarheel state.

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John F. Kenndy's North Carolina Campaign

John F. Kennedy’s North Carolina Campaign explores the events of September 17, 1960 and its significance in North Carolina’s political history.

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is John F. Kennedy’s North Carolina Campaign. Written by Greenville resident John Allen Tucker, the book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of JFK’s 1960 presidential pursuit.

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. 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.

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.

Highlights of John F. Kennedy’s North Carolina Campaign:

  • The campaign blitzed the state by using the candidate’s private plain, the Caroline.
  • Kennedy traveled from Greenville (east) to Greensboro (Piedmont) to Charlotte (west), and meant to stop in Asheville but couldn’t due to weather, and concluded in Raleigh, stopping in every part of the state.
  • Terry Sanford, the Democratic candidate for governor, had Kennedy deliver the 1961 UNC-Chapel Hill University Day speech. Both men received honorary degrees that day.
  • Renowned North Carolina photographer Hugh Morton took many of the pictures used in the book. Morton took pictures of Kennedy at every location.

Review copies available upon request.

John F. Kennedy’s North Carolina Campaign, by John Allen Tucker
Images of America Series / $21.99 / 128 pages / softcover
Available at NC area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at or (888)-313-2665.

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