Presidential Campaigns From George Washington to George W. Bush

ISBN-10: 0195167163
ISBN-13: 9780195167160
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
Authors: Paul F. Boller
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $19.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/22/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

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. 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. 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 analysing 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.

Preface
1789--Starting Off: George Washington
1792--Washington Again
1796--Federalist Succession: John Adams
1800--Republican Takeover: Jefferson's Revolution
1804--Jefferson's Landslide
1808--Madison and the Dambargo
1812--Madison's Wartime Re-election
1816--Monroe: Another Virginia Victory
1820--Monroe's Quiet Re-election
1824--John Quincy Adams and the "Corrupt Bargain"
1828--Jackson vs. Adams
1832--Jackson, Clay, and the Bank War
1836--Van Buren's Victory Over Three Whigs
1840--Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
1844--Polk and Manifest Destiny
1848--Old Zach and the Michigander
1852--Frank Pierce and Old Fuss and Feathers
1856--Buchanan and Bleeding Kansas
1860--Lincoln and the Sectional Crisis
1864--Lincoln and the War Crisis
1868--Grant and Reconstruction
1872--Grant and the Liberal Republicans
1876--The Hayes-Tilden Disputed Election
1880--The Triumph of "Boatman Jim" Garfield
1884--The Cleveland-Blaine Contest
1888--Harrison, Cleveland, and the Tariff
1892--Cleveland's Return to Power
1896--McKinley, Bryan, and Free Silver
1900--The McKinley-Roosevelt Triumph
1904--T.R.'s Smashing Victory
1908--Taft's Big Victory Over Bryan
1912--The High Tide of Progressivism: Wilson, Roosevelt, and Taft
1916--Wilson and the Great War
1920--Harding, Nostrums, and Normalcy
1924--Keeping Cool with Coolidge
1928--Hoover, Smith, and the Catholic Issue
1932--Roosevelt, Hoover, and the Great Depression
1936--Roosevelt and the New Deal
1940--Roosevelt, Willkie, and the War in Europe
1944--Roosevelt's Wartime Mandate
1948--The Great Truman Surprise
1952--The Eisenhower Landslide
1956--Another Eisenhower Landslide
1960--Kennedy and the New Frontier
1964--Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society
1968--Nixon, Humphrey, and the Vietnam War
1972--Another Nixon Triumph
1976--The Triumph of an Outsider: Jimmy Carter
1980--The Reagan Victory
1984--Another Reagan Sweep
1988--Trivial Pursuit: Bush vs. Dukakis
1992--Clinton and the Call for Change
1996--Bill Clinton and the Vital Center
2000--Bush, Gore, and the Supreme Court
Postscript--Presidential Campaigns through the Years
Notes
Index

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