Presidential Campaigns & Elections Reference: An American History Resource

By Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS

Presidential Campaigns & Elections Reference: An American History Resource is a reference site on the history of presidential campaigns & elections, and includes election facts, debate and speeches transcripts, bibliographies, and the draft copies of the Overviews and Chronologies compiled by Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS that appear in Gil Troy, Arthur M.Schlesinger , and Fred L.Israel , eds. History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. 4th ed. New York: Facts On File, 2011.

This reference site  also includes facts, debate and speeches transcripts from the 2012 Republican presidential primary season and 2012 general Presidential campaign & election. New to the site is news related to the fast approaching 2016 presidential campaign. When will Democrat Hillary Clinton make her campaign announcement? will she? could anyone beat her? What about the wide open Republican field? the GOP is courting Mitt Romney again, he is warming to thought of another shot at the White House, but will Chris Christie or Jeb Bush prevent his presidential dreams? These news stories will be covered, as well as the latest polls, and any presidential campaign announcements as they are made available.

Bonnie K. Goodman, BA, MLIS is a journalist, librarian, editor, & historian. She writes regularly about American, Israeli and Canadian politics, universities and education, and Judaism and Jewish issues for Examiner.com. She is the editor of Academic Buzz Network, a series of political, academic & education blogs which includes History Musings… History, News & Politics which covers the Obama Presidency, the 113th Congress, and history news. She has previously covered the 2004, 2008 & 2012 Presidential campaigns & 2010 midterm elections.

Ms. Goodman has a BA in History & Art History from McGill University. She focused on Modern Political History for her History degree, predominately, the Nixon & Reagan Presidencies. For her Art History major she focused on European Art & Architecture, and wrote her senior thesis on English Gothic Architecture and Canterbury Cathedral.

Ms. Goodman also has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in Jewish history at Concordia University as part of the MA in Judaic Studies degree program, where her thesis was to focus on Jews in the South during the Civil War. Her major areas of interest are American Jewish History, Southern Jewish History, modern American political history, and presidential history.

Ms. Goodman is the author of two bibliographic and reference websites; History Bibliographies: An American History Resource, and Presidential Campaigns and Elections Reference. She has also contributed to a number of reference publications; including the overviews, and chronologies forHistory of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, originally edited by Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Facts on File, Inc. 2011, and the bibliographies for The Encyclopedia of the Cold War: a Political, Social, and Military History, edited by Spencer Tucker, ABC CLIO, 2007, and The Home Front Encyclopedia: United States, Britain, And Canada in World Wars I And II, edited by James D. Ciment & Thaddeus Russell, ABC-CLIO, 2006.

Ms. Goodman had contributed to the news sections of Military History and Vietnam Magazines, and was also the former Editor/Features Editor for the History News Network (HNN), and had worked for HNN from 2004-2010. She contributed over 25 other articles, interviews and features; including coverage of the 2010 Midterm elections, and 2008 and 2004 Presidential campaigns & elections. She was the editor of some of the online magazine’s popular features, “History Buzz,” “Political Highlights,” “Top Young Historians,” “History Doyens,” “On this Day in History.” She was also the news section contributor for Military History & Vietnam Magazine alternately from 2006-2008.

Ms. Goodman is an artist since 13, painting in acrylics, oils and watercolors. She has a Diploma in Collegial Studies (DCS, DEC) from Vanier College in Communications: Art, Media, Theater specializing in the Fine Arts.

Gil Troy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., and Fred L. Israel, eds. History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, Fourth Edition, 3-Volume Set. Facts On File, 11/01/2011. 1742pp.

Publisher Summary:

For more than 200 years, candidates have campaigned for the highest office in the land, debating the major issues facing the country, capturing the attention of the voters, and reflecting the will of the people. Presidential elections are the centerpiece of American democracy, as citizens go to the polls every four years to choose a new leader. Prior to the election of George Washington in 1789, no country in the world had ever peacefully transferred power in a national election. We often take this for granted, as American elections have become a model for the entire world. The presidential campaign of 2008 was the 56th in American history and culminated in the election of Barack Obama. It was the most significant event of the year and was seen as a major turning point in American history.

History of American Presidential Elections: 1789-2008, Fourth Edition is an authoritative, completely up-to-date reference set featuring articles on every presidential election in American history, concluding with the groundbreaking election of 2008. All of the articles are written by distinguished historians and provide a solid history of the campaigns, conventions, and candidates. Edited by noted presidential historians Gil Troy, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., and Fred L. Israel, this comprehensive three-volume set includes complete voting returns by state, electoral maps, and additional statistical data covering all 56 presidential elections in U.S. history. Each article has been completely updated, and detailed chronologies and comprehensive overviews cover every election. With a wide assortment of outstanding articles and useful features, such as chronologies, overviews, and bibliographies, History of American Presidential Elections: 1789-2008, Fourth Edition is destined to become the definitive reference on the subject.


Black-and-white illustrations. Maps. Tables. Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Chronologies. Overviews. In three volumes.

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