Fifteenth national debate tournament : West Point 1961
Provides a historic background for the collegiate-level debate and emphasizes the need for debate and reasoning skills for military officers as well as civilians. Exalts free speech and right to debate are inherent to democracy. Gives an overview and describes the process of the tournament. 1961's debate topic is "that the United States should adopt a program of compulsory health insurance for all citizens." Shows the awards ceremony before the final round of the tournament. Follows the final round of King's College (negative position), who are defeated by Harvard (affirmative position). Features Elvis J. Stahr acting as Secretary of the Army in the year before becoming IU's 12th president.
Elvis J. Stahr
National Educational Television
National health services; Health insurance; Health care reform; Debates and debating
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