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Presidential Campaigns: From George Washington to George W. Bush / Edition 2
     

Presidential Campaigns: From George Washington to George W. Bush / Edition 2

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by Paul F. Boller
 

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ISBN-10: 0195167163

ISBN-13: 9780195167160

Pub. Date: 07/28/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195167160
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
365,068
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1.1789--Starting Off: George Washington3
2.1792--Washington Again5
3.1796--Federalist Succession: John Adams7
4.1800--Republican Takeover: Jefferson's Revolution10
5.1804--Jefferson's Landslide19
6.1808--Madison and the Dambargo22
7.1812--Madison's Wartime Re-election26
8.1816--Monroe: Another Virginia Victory29
9.1820--Monroe's Quiet Re-election31
10.1824--John Quincy Adams and the "Corrupt Bargain"33
11.1828--Jackson vs. Adams42
12.1832--Jackson, Clay, and the Bank War53
13.1836--Van Buren's Victory Over Three Whigs60
14.1840--Tippecanoe and Tyler Too65
15.1844--Polk and Manifest Destiny78
16.1848--Old Zach and the Michigander84
17.1852--Frank Pierce and Old Fuss and Feathers88
18.1856--Buchanan and Bleeding Kansas91
19.1860--Lincoln and the Sectional Crisis99
20.1864--Lincoln and the War Crisis115
21.1868--Grant and Reconstruction123
22.1872--Grant and the Liberal Republicans127
23.1876--The Hayes-Tilden Disputed Election133
24.1880--The Triumph of "Boatman Jim" Garfield142
25.1884--The Cleveland-Blaine Contest146
26.1888--Harrison, Cleveland, and the Tariff157
27.1892--Cleveland's Return to Power162
28.1896--McKinley, Bryan, and Free Silver167
29.1900--The McKinley-Roosevelt Triumph179
30.1904--T.R.'s Smashing Victory183
31.1908--Taft's Big Victory Over Bryan187
32.1912--The High Tide of Progressivism: Wilson, Roosevelt, and Taft191
33.1916--Wilson and the Great War202
34.1920--Harding, Nostrums, and Normalcy212
35.1924--Keeping Cool with Coolidge218
36.1928--Hoover, Smith, and the Catholic Issue223
37.1932--Roosevelt, Hoover, and the Great Depression231
38.1936--Roosevelt and the New Deal240
39.1940--Roosevelt, Willkie, and the War in Europe250
40.1944--Roosevelt's Wartime Mandate259
41.1948--The Great Truman Surprise268
42.1952--The Eisenhower Landslide280
43.1956--Another Eisenhower Landslide291
44.1960--Kennedy and the New Frontier296
45.1964--Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society308
46.1968--Nixon, Humphrey, and the Vietnam War320
47.1972--Another Nixon Triumph333
48.1976--The Triumph of an Outsider: Jimmy Carter342
49.1980--The Reagan Victory354
50.1984--Another Reagan Sweep369
51.1988--Trivial Pursuit: Bush vs. Dukakis378
52.1992--Clinton and the Call for Change387
53.1996--Bill Clinton and the Vital Center400
54.2000--Bush, Gore, and the Supreme Court406
Postscript--Presidential Campaigns through the Years415
Notes421
Index467

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