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Politicking and Emergent Media: US Presidential Elections of the 1890s

Charles Musser


Politicking and Emergent Media looks at four presidential campaigns in the United States during the long 1890s (1888-1900) and the ways in which Republicans and Democrats mobilized a wide variety of media forms in their efforts to achieve electoral victory. The 1890s was a pivotal era in which new means of audio and visual inscription were first deployed. Newspapers remained the dominant media, and Democrats had gained sufficient advantage in 1884 to put Grover Cleveland in the White House. In 1888 Republicans responded by strengthening their media arm with a variety of tactics, using the ster ... More

Keywords: Presidential elections, politics, media, motion pictures, phonograph, stereopticon, magic lantern, illustrated lecture, newspapers, telephone, Democrats, Republicans, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William Jennings Bryan, William McKinley, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520292727
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520292727.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Musser, author
Yale University