Abraham Lincoln and the Political Campaign Torch

By William Gurstelle


Presidential political campaigns were much different in the nineteenth century, and to many people, (me included) they sound like much more fun. Instead of ceaseless televised debates and commercials, scripted sound bites, and never-ending media analysis, the key political tool was the parade.

Gunther Kirsch

WHILE EVERYONE MAY STILL LOVE A PARADE, Americans of 150 years ago, it seems, were absolutely enamored of them. Imagine for a moment you’re a member of the “Wide Awakes,” one of many political marching clubs organized to drum up support for political ...

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