With the deluge of partisan Election Day news being thrown at us today, I thought it would be nice to have a break from our modern-day issues and look back at the history of this whole Election Day process. We sometimes forget that people in the past have been in our same shoes as far as Election Day politics, mudslinging, et al. Here are some resources to give you some context:
Here is a link to Presidential Campaign Commercials form 1952 to Present. It is certainly fascinating to see how they have changed!
Likewise, here’s a link to a Collection of Political Cartoons about one of our greatest Presidents, Abraham Lincoln. As you can see, not everyone loved him back then!
Additionally, here is a webpage from the University of Virginia that has a “brief” history of political cartoons and has a collection of political cartoons from the Gilded Age of the late 1800s.
Finally, I thought I’d post some links of some of my favorite Presidential Biographies that I have read in years past:
Truman by David McCullough - A great biography of a man who, during his time, was not necessarily seen as being a great President, despite the fact that later historians have recognized him as being in the upper echelons of effective Presidents.
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin – A fascinating book telling how Abraham Lincoln had to form a coalition of very divergent politicians from the Republican Party to win the election of 1860 and ultimately hold the Union together during the Civil War.
John Adams by David McCullough – One of the most fascinating aspects of this biography is the influence that Adams’ relationship with his wife, Abigail, had on him as a politician and statesman.
No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin – An intriguing account of how the Roosevelts worked together during his long Presidency.