Read the Introduction to The Coming of Democracy

My thanks to Johns Hopkins University Press for allowing me to post the introduction to my forthcoming book, The Coming of Democracy: Presidential Campaigning in the Age of Jackson. On 29 May 1840, approximately 7,500 individuals gathered in Clarksville, Tennessee, to witness a parade celebrating presidential candidate William Henry Harrison. The Whig Party had chosen …

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William Henry Harrison Trending Upward

Since writing recently about William Henry Harrison, the 9th president has been showing up a lot in my life. There's a new "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" t-shirt available from RetroCampaigns.com. My students also convinced me to look at the Drunk History website. One of the videos features Harrison (warning: if you're sensitive about drinking or …

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What Do Sarah Palin and William Henry Harrison Have in Common?

Nick Jans' recent editorial piece on Sarah Palin struck me as humorous. Jans criticized Palin's "glaring, city-slicker klutziness" as she attempts to portray herself as a woman of the Alaskan land on her reality TV show. I haven't watched Palin's show, but what he describes doesn't surprise me, given the genre and the participant. What struck me most in Jans editorial are two …

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