American elections have always been controversial and divisive. This lecture will explore the various ways that corruption, scandals, violence, and party divisions, and controversial candidates have shaped presidential elections throughout American history. Using specific electoral battles as case studies we will discuss the historical development of political parties, campaign finance structures, interest groups, media strategies, and voter engagement and mobilization. By examining both continuities and changes in electoral politics, this talk with Dr. Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Associate Professor of History at Purdue University, will historicize the contemporary political debates to help citizens navigate the contours of the current electoral climate more effectively.
Complimentary wine & cheese provided.