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Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art Paperback – May 15, 2012
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“This handsome, 11” x 14” collection includes more than 100 suitable-for-framing reproductions of vintage one-sheet posters throughout American history (from Andrew Jackson’s 1828 campaign against John Quincy Adams to Barack Obama’s iconic 2008 “Hope”), plus several culturally significant parodies, in an entertaining, informative overview about “the art” of getting out the vote.”—American Profile
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For a American History teacher who wants their student to feel the styles of the various periods with rotating images this would be an excellent investment. For an American History buff, this is a wonderful addition to the library.
The Library has a collection of over 100,000 of these posters, and one can criticize this relatively small sampling of 200 posters as not being representative, as being too political for one party or another, of missing a personally "essential" poster. But, as a beautiful overview of the art form, and as a historically accurate description of the campaign from which the posters have been drawn, this collection simply cannot be beat. A really nice touch are the side bar illustrations of other campaign materials that were used with, and sometimes in opposition to, the main poster.
A sample of the sort of text that accompanies these posters, this one published by the Clay forces against Jackson, shown as a king:
"In the early nineteenth century, many Americans still remembered firsthand the oppression of royal rule. That's why in this poster presidential candidate Henry Clay set out to paint the incumbent Andrew Jackson as a tyrant prone to letting his strong will run roughshod over the U.S. Constitution. Clay was certain that the image of a crowned, scepter-bearing Jackson standing in front of a throne would be like a bucket of cold water to voters. Instead, Jackson defeated Clay by a huge margin: Jackson won 219 electoral votes to Clay's 49 electoral votes.Read more ›
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This is amazing and well done. I recommend this to any Presidential history nerd.Published 10 months ago by Jordan T
I teach US History and this was a very cool way to decorate my classroom.Published 11 months ago by Adam
Great campaign posters from Lincoln to Obama
Great so Smith poster Kennedy's john robert teddy Nixon 1960 68 72 posters ford 1976 as the find frm happy days 1976 jimmy carter... Read more
This was a gift for a history buff friend of mine...he absolutely loved it! Soooo interesting...great illustrations and in-depth descriptions of the historical context of each... Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Barbara.
I got this for my father who is a political history buff. We spent hours talking about the various winners and losers of the elections.Published on January 28, 2013 by SHANAN D BENTLEY