Presidential Campaigns & Elections Reference: Introduction


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 Troy, Gil, Schlesinger Arthur M., and Israel Fred L., eds. History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. 4th ed. New York: Facts On File, 2011. This reference site will also include facts, debate and speeches transcripts from the upcoming 2012 Republican presidential primary season and 2012 general Presidential campaign & election.

Bonnie K. Goodman is a journalist & historical researcher. She is the editor of History Musings… All the News, History, Politics, Education & Legal Buzz, focusing on covering the Obama Presidency, Congress & the 2012 Presidential campaign and election. She has previously covered the 2004 and 2008 Presidential campaigns, and 2010 midterm elections for HNN. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger was published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

Ms. Goodman has a BA in History & Art History, and 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. She was also the former Editor/Features Editor for the History News Network (HNN), and had been working for HNN from 2004-2010.


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.