Politicking in the Early American Republic

St. Mary’s College of Maryland professor Kenneth Cohen talked about politicking in the early American Republic. He stated… read more

St. Mary’s College of Maryland professor Kenneth Cohen talked about politicking in the early American Republic. He stated that unlike today’s candidates, those in the early years of America did not run public campaigns. Instead, they relied on their supporters to make the case for them, using newspaper articles, pamphlets and cartoons either to praise the candidate or disparage the opponent. He also explained that some of the earliest forms of this style of politicking used the public’s knowledge of theater to associate the candidates with well-known heroes or villains. Later, cartoons depicted political campaigns as sporting events, often using the imagery of horse racing or boxing. close

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Politicking in the Early American Republic

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St. Mary's City, Maryland, United States
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Dec 21, 2013
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Mar 30, 2014

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