John F. Kennedy arriving at Washington Square Park, 1960

On October 28, 1960, then-Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed a crowd of 3,500 at Washington Square. Kennedy first addresssed the crowd from his car, as he was traveling from one rally to another, and later went to the second-floor terrace of the Loeb Student Center. In his speech he attacked the Republican claim that “we have never had it so good,” arguing that the United States needed to focus on domestic programs.

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