978-0-88687-609-8 / 9780886876098

The World Almanac of Presidential Campaigns: All the Facts, Anecdotes, Scandals, and Mudslinging in the History of the Race for the White House


Publisher:World Almanac



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Did you know that:

George Washington and James Monroe were the only two presidential candidates ever to run unopposed?

Political opponents called John Quincy Adams a "pimp" on the unfounded charge he had once procured a girl for a Russian czar?

The world "booze" came into the language from a William Henry Harrison campaign item--a miniature log cabin filled with whiskey bottled by the E.C. Booz Distillery?

Harper's Weekly cartoonist Thomas Nast first used the elephant to represent the Republicans during the campaign of 1876?

The 1948 Republican convention was the first to be televised?

Richard Nixon was the first candidate to stump all fifty states?

The Wallace/LeMay ticket in the 1968 campaign was called the "bombsy twins"?

Illustrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jeff MacNelly, The World AlmanacŪ of Presidential Campaigns tells you all this and much more you never knew (or would have guessed possible) about the quadrennial race for the White House. Political campaigns before television were much less polished than what we see today--the candidates were more colorful, the political game much rougher, and much more entertaining. Here's an insightful look, including all the facts, the slogans, the songs, the results, and a good dose of laughter, at this uniquely American phenomenon.

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