Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A great resource for learning history - videos of presidential campagins

The American Museum of the Moving Image has put together resource for learning the political history of America over the last fifty years. They have gathered the TV campaign ads for the presidential campaigns started with 1952. I think the singing ad in 1952 for Adlai Stevenson will stick with me for a long time. There is much irony in watching Nixon in 1952, as the Vice President candidate, talk about corruption. I was surprised to see how many of the early ads were cartoons. The contrast between the ads was sometimes very striking. Comparing the ads both for each side was instructive of a campaign and comparing the ads over the years was very instructive.

For each election year the site provides background on the major issues. It gives the results of the election both the raw numbers, and an image of the Electoral Vote.

It was fascinating to watch the ads. It was hard to stop. It was very educational. It would give children insight into how politics works.

If you have interest in recent American politics go check out the site.

(Hat tip: Cool List Digest)

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