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Presidential Campaigns: Packaging the Presidents

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Library of Congress Resources | Primary Source Set

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Herblock's History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium From the stock market crash in 1929 through the new millennium beginning in the year 2000, Herb Black has chronicled the nation's political history, caricaturing twelve American presidents from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton. Black's cartoons on presidential campaigns typically caricature candidates, question party platforms and monitor the candidates' claims and attacks on each other, as he delves into their records and tactics.
Accessed 1.13.08

Humor's Edge: Cartoons by Ann Telnaes  Ann Telnaes became the second woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, a highly competitive field in which fewer than 5 percent of the practitioners are women. The Pulitzer Prize committee awarded her the prize for a "distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons published during the year, characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing, and pictorial effect". Her drawings capture humorous and dismaying aspects of the election, communicate the candidates' foibles and flaws, and convey her unflinching views on the roles of the Florida legislature and U.S. Supreme Court in the election's outcome.
Accessed 1.13.08

Oliphant's Anthem Pat Oliphant at the Library of Congress Pat Oliphant won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1966, just two years after he left his native Australia for an American career. Now, over thirty years later, he is considered among the most gifted practitioners in the history of the profession. He has caricatured seven United States presidents, from Lyndon Johnson to Bill Clinton. Be sure to visit exhibit section #3 Presidential Campaigns.
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American Memory

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election, 1918-1920 The Nation's Forum Collection This collection consists of fifty-nine sound recordings of speeches by American leaders form 1918-20. The speeches focus on issues and events surrounding the First World War and the subsequent presidential election of 1920. Speakers include: Warren G. Harding, James Cox, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt Samuel Gompers, Henry Cabot Lodge and John J. Pershiing. Speeches range form one to five minutes.
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The Printed Ephemera  collection is a rich repository of Americana. The collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the 17th century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are leaflets, pamphlets, proclamations, advertisements, blank forms, programs, election tickets, catalogs, clippings, timetables, and menus. They capture the everyday activities of ordinary people who participated in the events of nation-building.
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America Singing: Ninteenth Century Song Sheets For most of the nineteenth century, before the advent of phonograph and radio technologies, Americans learned the latest songs from printed song sheets. Not to be confused with sheet music, song sheets are single printed sheets, ususally six by eight inches, with lyrics but no music. These were new songs being sung in music halls or new lyrics to familiar songs, like "Yankee Doodle". Some of America's most beloved tunes were printed as song sheets, including "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Song sheets are an early example of a mass medium and today they offer a unique perspective on the political, social, and economic life of the time, especially during the Civil War. Some were dramatic, some were humorous; all of them had America joining together in song.
Accessed 1.13.08

Wise Guide

On the Campaign Trail.  The "Wise Guide" was designed to introduce visitors to the many fascinating, educational and useful resources available from the nation's library. The "Wise Guide" is refreshed monthly, like a magazine, and offers links to the best of the Library's online materials. Each article is based on items in a collection, database, reading room or other area of the Libary's online presence.
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Prints and Photographs

Prints and Photographs Division: Cartoon Prints, American  Link to more than 500 political prints made in America during the 18th and 19th centuries. Search the entire collection by subject or click on the terms "political cartoons" or "caricatures".
Accessed 1.13.08

Prints and Photographs Pictorial Americana  Pictorial Americana, a 1955 Library of Congress publication, is being prepared for the Internet in stages. Images form the campaigns from 1836 to 1908 are featured.
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