Garfield, Harrison, McKinley, and the Legacy of the Front Porch Campaign

At the beginning of the 1880s, Democratic and Republicans candidates observed a tradition of reserve and silence during campaigns. Since gaining a decisive lead in the Democratic primaries, Joe Biden has faced a situation unique in contemporary politics: while preparations for the upcoming general campaign are underway, the candidate himself is locked up at home.[…]

The Remarkable Success of Midwestern Front Porch Campaigns from Garfield to Harding

By 1840, William Henry Harrison became the first presidential candidate to tour and give speeches to adoring throngs. By Jeffrey Normand Bourdon The ways that presidential candidates have reached out to voters over the course of US History have changed partly because the franchise has been opened to more people so more voter participation in[…]