Presidential Campaigns: From George Washington to George W. Bush

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Oxford University Press, Jul 22, 2004 - Political Science - 496 pages
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Were presidential campaigns always as bitter as they have been in recent years? Or is the current style of campaigning a new political development? In this revised and updated edition of Presidential Campaigns the answers to these questions are clear: the race for the presidency, although at times mean and nasty, has always been an endlessly entertaining and highly-charged spectacle for the American public. This book unveils the whole history of American presidential elections, from the seamless ascent of General George Washington to the bitterly contested election of George W. Bush, bringing these boisterous contests to life in all their richness and complexity. In the old days, Boller shows, campaigns were much rowdier than they are today. Back in the nineteenth century, the invective at election time was exuberant and the mudslinging unrestrained; a candidate might be called everything from a carbuncle-faced old drunkard to a howling atheist. But there was plenty of fun and games, too, with songs and slogans, speeches and parades, all livening up the scene in order to get people to the polls.Presidential Campaigns takes note of the serious side of elections even as it documents the frenzy, frolic and the sleaze. Each chapter contains a brief essay describing an election and presenting "campaign highlights" that bring to life the quadrennial confrontation in all its shame and glory. With a postscript analyzing the major changes in the ways Americans have chosen their Presidents from Washington's time to the present, Presidential Campaigns gives the reader a full picture of this somewhat flawed procedure. For all of its shortcomings, though, this "great American shindig" is an essential part of the American democratic system and, for better or for worse, tells us much about ourselves.
 

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Contents

George Washington
3
2 1792Washington Again
5
John Adams
7
Jeffersons Revolution
10
5 1804Jeffersons Landslide
19
6 1808Madison and the Dambargo
22
7 1812Madisons Wartime Reelection
26
Another Virginia Victory
29
30 1904TRs Smashing Victory
183
31 1908Tafts Big Victory Over Bryan
187
Wilson Roosevelt and Taft
191
33 1916Wilson and the Great War
202
34 1920Harding Nostrums and Normalcy
212
35 1924Keeping Cool with Coolidge
218
36 1928Hoover Smith and the Catholic Issue
223
37 1932Roosevelt Hoover and the Great Depression
231

9 1820Monroes Quiet Reelection
31
10 1824John Quincy Adams and the Corrupt Bargain
33
11 1828Jackson vs Adams
42
12 1832Jackson Clay and the Bank War
53
13 1836Van Burens Victory Over Three Whigs
60
14 1840Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
65
15 1844Polk and Manifest Destiny
78
16 1848Old Zach and the Michigander
84
17 1852Frank Pierce and Old Fuss and Feathers
88
18 1856Buchanan and Bleeding Kansas
91
19 1860Lincoln and the Sectional Crisis
99
20 1864Lincoln and the War Crisis
115
21 1868Grant and Reconstruction
123
22 1872Grant and the Liberal Republicans
127
23 1876The HayesTilden Disputed Election
133
24 1880The Triumph of Boatman Jim Garfield
142
25 1884The ClevelandBlaine Contest
146
26 1888Harrison Cleveland and the Tariff
157
27 1892Clevelands Return to Power
162
28 1896McKinley Bryan and Free Silver
167
29 1900The McKinleyRoosevelt Triumph
179
38 1936Roosevelt and the New Deal
240
39 1940Roosevelt Willkie and the War in Europe
250
40 1944Roosevelts Wartime Mandate
259
41 1948The Great Truman Surprise
268
42 1952The Eisenhower Landslide
280
43 1956Another Eisenhower Landslide
291
44 1960Kennedy and the New Frontier
296
45 1964Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society
308
46 1968Nixon Humphrey and the Vietnam War
320
47 1972Another Nixon Triumph
333
Jimmy Carter
342
49 1980The Reagan Victory
354
50 1984Another Reagan Sweep
369
Bush vs Dukakis
378
52 1992Clinton and the Call for Change
387
53 1996Bill Clinton and the Vital Center
400
54 2000Bush Gore and the Supreme Court
406
PostscriptPresidential Campaigns through the Years
415
Notes
421
Index
467
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Paul F. Boller, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of History at Texas Christian University and the author of many popular books on American history.

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