Michael and Kitty Dukakis 1988

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In the center are vertically aligned circular photographs of Michael and Kitty Dukakis: his surrounded by an illustration of a billowing American flag and her by a heart-shaped American flag. Gold banners with black text on a light blue background are above and below the flags. The image composite has a black and white checkerboard border with dark blue around the rim. 

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 Michael Dukakis was the governor of Massachusetts from 1975-1979 and again from 1983-1991. He began his political career in local government before moving on to serving eight years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Dukakis ran in the presidential election of 1988 against George H.W. Bush. Bush's campaign team decided to combat his reputation as a lackluster candidate amongst his party by using a negative ad strategy to paint Governor Dukakis as soft on crime, and the ads struck a chord nationally, handing Bush the Presidency with a win of 54%. 

Katherine "Kitty" Dukakis is an advocate and humanitarian who was the first lady of Massachusetts during her husband, Michael Dukakis's, terms. She became a public supporter of electroshock therapy, openly addressing its benefits in her own lived experiences with depression and alcoholism following her husband's failed presidential campaign. Kitty Dukakis was appointed to President Jimmy Carter's commission on the Holocaust, bolstering the creation of the first Holocaust Museum in the United States. She also has done humanitarian work supporting refugees. 


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Michael and Kitty Dukakis. (n.d.). Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. https://cssh.northeastern.edu/dukakiscenter/about/michael-and-kitty-dukakis/

‌Morrison, D. (2023, November 1). United States presidential election of 1988. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/event/United-States-presidential-election-of-1988

Seelye, K. Q. (2016, December 31). Kitty Dukakis, a beneficiary of electroshock therapy, emerges as its evangelist. New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/31/us/kitty-dukakis-electroshock-therapy-evangelist.html

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