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Mudslingers: The Top 25 Negative Political Campaigns of All Time - Countdown from No. 25 to No. 1

Mudslingers: The Top 25 Negative Political Campaigns of All Time - Countdown from No. 25 to No. 1
Kerwin C. Swint
Westport, CT : Praeger Publishers, 2006
JK2281 .S8798 2006

Mudslingers covers presidential, senatorial, gubernatorial, and mayoral races and chronicles the dirtiest, most low-down campaign tactics of all time. The list includes the presidential campaign of 1800, when the disputed outcome of the race between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had to be decided by the House of Representatives, and the election of 2004, in which George W. Bush beat John Kerry after one of the nastiest showdowns on record. The first round of negative campaigning in American history was driven by post-Civil War politics, the end of Reconstruction, an increasingly corrupt federal government, and a rabid partisan press.

The current Golden Age of mudslinging and dirty politics is driven by huge increases in campaign spending, television advertising, decreased civility in public life, and a muckraking mass media. These fascinating stories from the annals of negative campaigning will entertain as well as educate, reminding us that it was (almost) ever thus, the next time we are tempted to decry the current climate.

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