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Nov 03

Remember to Vote!

Posted on November 3, 2020 at 9:18 AM by Maggie Witte

As our country is getting ready for another presidential election, along with other state and local positions, we have looked into our collection and have found some interesting titles about the history of some of our countries past presidential races and elections.

DB 73962 Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain by James Lehrer
PBS news anchor Lehrer, who has moderated eleven presidential and vice-presidential debates, recalls the behind-the-scenes tension of these televised events. Includes insights from his follow-up interviews with candidates. Discusses major moments, killer questions, and backstage drama.
DB 71724 The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828 by Lynn H. Parsons
Historian examines the significance of the presidential election of 1828 and the rise of political parties in the United States. Outlines the differences between the two candidates, John Quincy Adams and Major General Andrew Jackson, and describes the civic culture of the time.

DB 46405 Show time the American political circus and the race for the White House by Roger Simon
A journalist demonstrates the importance of image and stagecraft in political campaigns. Contrasts the strategies, speeches, and media techniques used by candidates Clinton and Dole in the 1996 presidential race to project a desired facade. Avers that successful politicians must also be entertainers. Strong language.

DB 85883 Whistlestop : my favorite stories from presidential campaign history by John Dickerson
Journalist recounts stories from past presidential campaigns. Includes gambits, failures of will before the microphone, and crack-ups of long-planned stratagems. Also recounts tales from historical campaigns. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.

DBC08697 If I ran for President by Catherine Stier
Discusses the presidential election process. For grades 2-4.

DB 84451 The Presidential Election Process: American Politics Today Series by Holly Lynn Anderson
Overview of the United States presidential election process. Discusses candidate eligibility requirements, primaries and caucuses, political action committees (PACs), election day, inauguration, and more. Explains why every vote counts. For grades 6-9.

DB 68327 See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan E. Goodman
Explains the process for electing the president of the United States. Discusses the electoral college system of voting, the role of political parties, candidates' campaigns and debates, and the reasons all citizens should vote. Presents historical facts about former presidents and past elections. For grades 4-7.

DB 57698 America Votes: How Our President Is Elected by Linda Granfield
Explains the U.S. presidential election process including its history, the role of political parties, becoming a candidate, campaign finance, voting fraud, the electoral college, and casting ballots. Emphasizes the right and the responsibility of citizens to vote. For grades 4-7.