Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson ran as the Democratic candidate for President against Eisenhower in 1952. The Democrats were on the defensive, having been charged by McCarthy and other Republicans with having allowed Communists to infiltrate the government and for overseeing the bloody stalemate in Korea.
On August 27 at MadisonSquareGarden in New York City, Stevenson confronted these charges with a definition of patriotism that does not depend on the diminishment of others. Although Stevenson lost the 1952 and 1956 Presidential elections, his eloquence brought voice to the liberal community of the 1950s.
Click on link to download document. This document contains a speech delivered by Governor Adlai Stevenson (August 27, 1952) at the Madison Square Garden in New York City addressing the definition of patriotism in America after having been charged by permitting communists to infiltrate the U.S. government.
Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses Adlai Stevenson of communist associations.