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The Sixties: A Time in Transition

Politics and the Cold War II


This photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. was taken in January of 1964 when he spoke to reporters outside of the White House.  Later that year King would return to the White House to witness the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

This photograph is part of the Oliver Atkins Photograph Collection.  Atkins was an award winning photographer who worked on the staff of The Saturday Evening Post for many years before becoming the personal photographer of Richard Nixon and the official White House photographer.  The collection contains photographs, negatives and contact sheets dating from 1943 to 1974. The images, numbering nearly 57,000, are representative of his work with The Saturday Evening Post and the United States government as official photographer to President Nixon.

“Our Nation Will Be Led by Dick and Ted in ’68” bumper sticker refers to the 1968 presidential and vice-presidential campaign of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.  The bumper sticker was produced by the Republicans of Carroll County in Maryland.

Richard Nixon was a well known politician before the 1968 presidential election.  He was frequently referred to by his nickname, “Dick,” and had gained the less than flattering nickname, “Tricky Dick” from his opponent in the 1950 mid-term elections.

Spiro Agnew was born in 1918 in Baltimore Maryland, the son of a Greek immigrant whose name was Anagnostopoulos before he changed it to Agnew. When he was growing up Agnew faced ethnic prejudice and was taunted in school by children mocking his Greek name “Spiro”. He started referring to himself as "Ted".

This bumper sticker is part of the American Political Items Collectors Collection (APIC).

Communist Industry: Its Problems and Difficulties was a pamphlet in a series of informative literature published by the Asian People’s Anti-Communist League Republic of China.  This particular pamphlet explores Chinese industrial development, its decline, current conditions and a study of individual industries.  It provides concise and critical analysis of these topics.  Other titles in this series include Hunger in Communist China, World Revolution and Nationalism, The Militia, and Communist China in Africa.

This pamphlet is part of the Francis J. McNamara Collection.