The Library of Congress houses a considerable collection of primary campaign documents; many are available digitally: https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/elections/index.html
Class Slides: COMM 458: https://sway.com/GJAl0yEBjnVCYY4h
Class Readings, COMM 458:
Hart, Campaign Talk
Key, Critical Elections
Lichtman, On Critical Elections
Primary Readings (COMM 458):
1828-Similarities Between J. Adams and J.Q. Adams
1828-Text of Coffin Handbill
1832-Speech of Mr. Bartlett
Other Primary Readings:
Letter from Alexander Hamilton Concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John Adams, Esq., President of the United States, 1800. Part I.
Letter from Alexander Hamilton Concerning the Public Conduct and Character of John Adams, Esq., President of the United States, 1800. Part II
Serious Considerations on the Election of a President: Addressed to the Citizens of the United States, 1800.
The Claims of Thomas Jefferson to the Presidency, Examined at the Bar of Christianity, 1800. Part I
The Claims of Thomas Jefferson to the Presidency, Examined at the Bar of Christianity, 1800. Part II
An address to the people of the American states: who choose electors to the people of the states who choose the legislators…1808. Part I
An address to the people of the American states: who choose electors to the people of the states who choose the legislators…1808. Part II
George Clinton, next president, and our republican institutions rescued from destruction: addressed to the citizens of the United States, or, James Madison unmasked, 1808.
An Exposition of the Public Character and Principles of John Quincy Adams, 1827.
Sketch of the Life of John Quincy Adams, 1827.
Reflections on the character and public services of Andrew Jackson: with reference to his qualifications for the presidency: with general remarks, 1828.
Official record from the War Department, of the proceedings of the court martial which tried, and the orders of General Jackson for shooting the six militia men : together with official letters from the War Department, (ordered to be printed by Congress) showing that these American citizens were inhumanly & illegally massacred, 1828.
View of General Jackson’s domestic relations: in reference to his fitness for the presidency, 1828.
Incidents in the life of William Henry Harrison: the people’s candidate for the presidency, 1839.
Proceedings of the Democratic Whig National Convention: which assembled at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania…, 1839.
Hard cider and log cabin almanac for 1841: Harrison and Tyler, 1840.
The Log cabin & hard cider melodies…, 1840. Part I
The Log cabin & hard cider melodies…, 1840. Part II
An appeal to the voluntary citizens of the United States from all nations…, 1840.
The similarity of Washington and Harrison…, 1840.
The dividing line between federal and local authority: popular sovereignty in the territories, 1860.
Lincoln at Cooper Union, 1860.
The irrepressible conflict, 1860.
Speech of President Buchanan, on the evening of Monday, July 9, 1860.
Republican Campaign Textbook, 1860. Part I; Part II; Part III
Judge Douglas–the bill of indictment: speech by Carl Schurz : delivered at the Cooper Institute, New York, Sept. 13, 1860.
The Southern question: the Bourbon conspiracy to rule or destroy the nation, 1876.
The spoils system: the offspring of modern democracy and the source of numberless evils to the country: crush it out!, 1876.
Speeches of General George B. McClellan during the Presidential Campaign of 1876.
The Republican manual, 1880. Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV; Part V; Part V; Part VII
James Garfield, Speech Nominating Sherman for President, 1880
McKinley, the people’s choice: the congratulations of the country, the calls of delegations at Canton, the addresses by them: his eloquent and effective responses, 1896. Part I; Part II
William Jennings Bryan, Cross of Gold, 1896
“Bull Moose Speech,” Theodore Roosevelt, 1912.
Progressive Party Platform, 1912
Republican Party Platform, 1916
Democratic Party Platform, 1916
Republican Party Platform, 1920
Democratic Party Platform, 1920
“Return to Normalcy,” Warren Harding, 1920. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXETeWS6ub8)
Speeches of Sen. Warren G. Harding of Ohio.
Election Cartoons (http://elections.harpweek.com/)
Republican Party Platform, 1932.
Democratic Party Platform, 1932.
FDR Campaign Address, 10/31/32.
FDR Commonwealth Club Address, 9/23/32.
Herbert Hoover Address, Des Moines, IA, 10/4/32.
Herbert Hoover, Acceptance Address, 1932.; Hoover on Campaign Plans
Stassen-Dewey Primary Debate, 1948.
John F. Kennedy to the Houston Ministerial Association, 9/12/60. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16920600; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SsVpkh5yvE
The First Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate, 9/26/60. http://www.debates.org/index.php?page=september-26-1960-debate-transcript
Richard Nixon, Acceptance Address, 8/8/68.
Hubert Humphrey, Acceptance Address, 8/29/68.
Robert F. Kennedy, Speech on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., 4/4/68.
Robert F. Kennedy, Victory Speech on Winning the California Democratic Primary, 6/6/68.
Political Campaign Ads, 1960. (http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/)