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The Republican Party formally nominated Arizona senator Barry Goldwater at their national convention in San Francisco, July 13–16, 1964. Goldwater selected William E. Miller, congressman from New York and chairman of the Republican National Committee, as his running mate. Photo by Donald Dornan. Courtesy of Goldwater Papers, Series VI: Media, Box 731, Folder 7, Arizona State University Library.*

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Former actor Ronald Reagan, who had not entered the political arena yet, endorsed Goldwater for president. His “A Time for Choosing” speech at the 1964 Republican National Convention was a hit with conservative Republicans and helped launch him into the governorship of California two years later. Here Reagan is pictured with Barry and Peggy Goldwater. Photo by Donald Dornan. Courtesy of Goldwater Papers, Box 131, Folder 10 (Photo Album, Vol. 3), Photo 24, Arizona State University Library.

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Barry Goldwater on the campaign trail on the steps of the courthouse in Prescott, Arizona, on September 3, 1964. Photo by Donald Dornan. Courtesy of Goldwater Papers, Series VI: Media, Box 730, Folder 13, Arizona State University Library.

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Goldwater recorded dozens of promotional spots at a local Phoenix studio for Republican congressional candidates throughout the country, September 7, 1964. Photo by Donald Dornan. Courtesy of Goldwater Papers, Box 131, Folder 10 (Photo Album, Vol. 3), Photo 13, Arizona State University Library.

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As a staunch anti-communist, Goldwater advocated for a tougher blockade against Cuba. The sign reads, “Why not victory? President Goldwater will free Cuba.” Photo by Donald Dornan. Courtesy of Goldwater Papers, Series VI: Media, Box 731, Folder 1, Arizona State University Library.

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Young conservatives showed their support for the Goldwater campaign. The “Goldwater Girls” was the official name given to the group of female Goldwater backers, many of whom were students. Photo by Donald Dornan. Courtesy of Goldwater Papers, Series VI: Media, Box 731, Folder 6, Arizona State University Library.

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Goldwater met with former president Dwight D. Eisenhower and other Republican luminaries at Eisenhower’s farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in September, 1964. Photo by Donald Dornan. Courtesy of Goldwater Papers, Series II: 1964 Presidential Campaign, Sub-Series J, Box 132, Folder 2 (Photo Album, Vol. 5), Photo 29, Arizona State University Library.

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Goldwater gave his concession speech at the Camelback Inn in Phoenix, Arizona, after losing the presidential election to Lyndon B. Johnson. Photo by Donald Dornan. Courtesy of Goldwater Papers, Series VI: Media, Box 731, Folder 4, Arizona State University Library.

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President Johnson and Senator Goldwater meeting during the campaign in 1964. Photo by Yoichi Okamoto. Courtesy of the White House Photo Office Collection, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964, with Martin Luther King Jr. standing directly behind him. Photo by Cecil Stoughton. Courtesy of the White House Photo Office Collection, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.

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In August, the Democrats held their national convention in Convention Hall, right off the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photo by Cecil Stoughton. Courtesy of the White House Photo Office Collection, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.

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President Johnson on the campaign trail in New York State with Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Photo by Cecil Stoughton. Courtesy of the White House Photo Office Collection, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.

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President Johnson on Election Night at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, flashing the victory sign. Photo by Cecil Stoughton. Courtesy of the White House Photo Office Collection, Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.

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Footnotes

* Images 1–8 are from “A Photographic History of the 1964 Republican Presidential Campaign of United States Senator Barry M. Goldwater. Commissioned by J. William Middendorf II [campaign treasurer]. Photography and Commentary by Don Dornan,” in Personal and Political Papers of Senator Barry M. Goldwater, Distinctive Collections, Arizona State University Library, Tempe, Arizona.

Additional Information

ISSN
2689-3908
Print ISSN
0021-9053
Pages
65-77
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-25
Open Access
No
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