Campaigns & Elections

ESSAY –Norman Thomas in 1932

In Fall 2010, Dickinson College student Leah Kaplan reminded readers that Socialist Norman Thomas performed exceptionally well in the 1932 presidential contest –even better perhaps than the official results indicated.  She suggests that Thomas and the Socialists may have received over…

ESSAY –Election Day 1884

In Fall 2010, Dickinson College student Peter Wright produced a concise essay that described how the presidential election of 1884 between Democrat Grover Cleveland and Republican James G. Blaine had turned quite personal and nasty. Mugwumps and Mudslingers: The Bitter…

ESSAY –Election Day 1912

Dickinson College student Will Nelligan produced a creative examination of how ex-president Theodore Roosevelt experienced Election Day on 1912, when he was running as a Progressive or Bull Moose candidate in a three-way contest that included Democrat Woodrow Wilson (the…

ESSAY –Election Day 1896

Peter Wright offers a vivid portrait of William Jennings Bryan on the day of his defeat in 1896.  Bryan was the Democratic – Populist candidate for president who was overwhelmed by former Ohio governor William McKinley and the well-financed, well-organized…

ESSAY –Boss Lincoln

The essay by Matthew Pinsker originally appeared in The Living Lincoln, a collection of essays edited in 2011 by Thomas Horrocks, Harold Holzer, and Frank Williams in 2011 for Southern Illinois University Press.  The essay analyzes newly discovered documents that…