Presidential campaigns and elections provide the drama and substance of America's democratic process. As democracy in action, they punctuate our nation's history in precise intervals, capturing the issues, the ideas, and the mood of the nation every four years. Every/campaign follows a similar format: candidates jockey for selection, nominations are made, candidates and party leaders hit the trail, and voters render their decision on Election Day. Yet despite this familiar process, every campaign is unique, featuring colorful personalities and unexpected events. This fully illustrated reference is packed with facts and information on every campaign from the election of 1788-89 through the hotly contested election of 2000. Each entry traces in detail the background and results of the election, provides biographical information on every presidential and vice-presidential candidate, and offers state-by-state tallies of every election. The set also features hundreds of rarely seen documents associated with the campaigns.
Table of Contents
List of Features, Contributors, Acknowledgments, Introduction, THE AMERICAN ELECTORAL PROCESS, The Electoral College: Its Origins, Operation, and Evolution, The Changing Shape of the American Electorate: Suffrage Laws and Turnout, The Influence of Major Political Parties on Presidential Elections, Third Parties in American Politics, Evolution of Nominating Conventions and Primary Elections, The Role of the Press and Media in American Presidential Elections, Campaign Finance in American Presidential Elections, The “Character Issue” in Presidential Politics, ELECTIONS, APPENDIXES, U.S. Constitution: Excerpts on the Electoral College and the Presidency, Glossary, Chronology of Political Parties, Chronology of Events, Bibliography, Sources for Election Statistics, General Index, Biographical Index
William G. Shade and Ballard C. Campbell