Adlai E. Stevenson

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Key Terms: 1952 Election

  1. "I like Ike"/"The General"

  2. Korean War
  3. "egg heads"
  4. "dynamic conservatism"
  5. HUAC/Alger Hiss
  6. McCarthysim/"red scare"
  7. Nixon/Checkers Speech


Key Terms: Eisenhower Administration

  1. the post war (economic) boom

  2. the baby boom/Levittown
  3. "dynamic conservatism"
  4. Korean armistice
  5. Warren Court/Brown Decision
  6. Little Rock/Montgomery Bus
  7. Spock/Salk
  8. Highway Act/suburbs
  9. CIA/Iran/Guatemala/Cuba
  10. Dulles/Massive Retaliation
  11. Domino Theory/Eisenhower Doctrine
  12. Feminist Mystic
  13. Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
  14. Suez Crisis
  15. Sputnik/NASA/new math
  16. U2 Incident/NSC-68
  17. Military Industrial Complex

In their New York Herald column, Joseph and Stewart Alsop first described Stevenson and his aides as "eggheads," probably because of Stevenson's baldness and the intellectual background of his speech advisors. The word had the same kind of pejorative connotations among Republicans as FDR's "Brain Trust" had had years before. Quipped Stevenson: "Eggheads of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your yolks!"

Presidential Campaigns, Paul F. Boller, Jr., Oxford University Press, New York, 1984.