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The carnival campaign : how the rollicking 1840 campaign of "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" changed presidential elections forever / Ronald G. Shafer.

Shafer, Ronald G., (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781613735404
  • ISBN: 1613735405
  • Physical Description: viii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2016]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-269) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A compromise candidate -- The first image campaign -- Hello, Columbus -- Old Tip: hero or coward? -- Home sweet log cabin home -- Little Matty -- Palace of splendor -- Showdown in Baltimore -- A Democratic splinter -- Tippecanoe and rallies too -- The first gender gap -- Petticoat power -- Read all about us -- Sing us a song -- The marketing of a candidate -- Going negative: the Democrats fight back -- General Mum speaks -- Old Tip on the campaign trail -- Stump speakers -- The Buckeye Blacksmith -- Money talks -- Stealing votes -- Election returns -- Mr. Harrison goes to Washington -- Death of a president -- And Tyler too.
Summary, etc.:
"Americans have come to expect that the nation's presidential campaigns will be characterized by a carnival atmosphere emphasizing style over substance. But this fascinating account of the pivotal 1840 election reveals how the now-unavoidable traditions of big money, big rallies, shameless self-promotion, and carefully manufactured candidate images first took root in presidential politics.Pulitzer Prize-nominated former Wall Street Journal reporter Ronald G. Shafer tells the colorful story of the election battle between sitting president Martin Van Buren, a professional Democratic politician from New York, and Whig Party upstart William Henry Harrison, a military hero who was nicknamed “Old Tippecanoe” after a battlefield where he fought and won in 1811. Shafer shows how the pivotal campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” marked a series of firsts that changed presidential politicking forever: the first presidential campaign as mass entertainment, directed at middle- and lower-income voters; the first “image campaign,” in which strategists painted Harrison as an everyman living in a log cabin sipping hard cider (in fact, he was born into wealth, lived in a twenty-two-room mansion, and drank only sweet cider); the first campaign in which a candidate, Harrison, traveled and delivered speeches directly to voters; the first one influenced by major campaign donations; the first in which women openly participated; and the first involving massive grassroots rallies, attended by tens of thousands and marked by elaborate fanfare, including bands, floats, a log cabin on wheels, and the world's tallest man.Some of history's most fascinating figures-including Susan B. Anthony, Charles Dickens, Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allan Poe, Thaddeus Stevens, and Walt Whitman-pass through this colorful story, which is essential reading for anyone interested in learning when image first came to trump ideas in presidential politics." -- provided by publisher.
Subject: Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841.
Presidents > United States > Election > 1840.
United States > Politics and government > 1837-1841.

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