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Presidential Election Campaign Biographies brings together promotional literature from 1824 to 1976, providing students in American history, political science, popular culture, and journalism with a fascinating historical record of how presidential candidates have been packaged and promoted to the American electorate for more than 150 years.

These biographies describe the candidates' circumstances of birth and family backgrounds, their education and occupations, transforming men into myths and emphasizing the characteristics most appealing to Americans at any given time. In effect, the goal has always been to offer the voters an "ideal citizen" and to sway the majority in that candidate's favor.

In addition to biographies of official candidates, this unique collection presents those individuals who were unsuccessful in securing their party's nomination.

The titles in this collection were selected by William Miles, history bibliographer at Central Michigan University's Clarke Historical Library, from his renowned bibliography of presidential election campaign biographies entitled The Image Makers.


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