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Think campaigns are crazy today?

Historical posters show long tradition

By Chris Muldrow

The Free Lance-Star

SO YOU THINK the current presidential campaign has already gotten dirty and mean-spirited?

In Andrew Jackson’s 1828 race for president, his opponents published a poster detailing “Some Account of some of the Bloody Deeds of GENERAL JACKSON,” complete with labeled illustrations of coffins representing the poor souls Jackson had supposedly dispatched.

“Presidential Campaign Posters From the Library of Congress” is a stunning story of the American electoral process writ large in poster form. It starts with Jackson’s campaign and runs all the way to the 2008 race, with thumbnails of posters for each race as well as full-page posters that are removable and suitable for framing.

Gerald Ford dressed as Fonzie? It’s in the book. Jimmy Carter as Jesus? That’s in the book, too.

You don’t have to be a political junkie to thoroughly enjoy this collection of posters and campaign anecdotes. It provides excellent context as the general election race heats up.

Chris Muldrow is chief digital officer of The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company.


The Library of Congress

(Quirk, $40, 208 pp.)



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