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The Lake County Forest Preserve District and the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy celebrate the 112th birthday of Adlai Stevenson II at his former home near Libertyville, IL. Adlai Stevenson III presents “Another Politics, Another Time—Memories of My Father, Adlai II.”

Adlai Stevenson II was an important and influential figure in the political history of the United States. He was governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953, ran twice for President as the Democratic National Candidate in 1952 and 1956, and served as ambassador to the United Nations during the Kennedy administration from 1961 to 1965.

Though he lost both presidential campaigns to Dwight D. Eisenhower, it was Stevenson’s ideas that are his real lasting legacy. He was a progressive thinker for his time, and his importance lay in his efforts to raise the level of the public’s awareness about the nature of the world, America’s place in it, and what the future was likely to hold.

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Recorded Sunday, February 5, 2012 at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy.

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