Politics and Personal Meaning

“If You Are Satisfied”

This flier presents pictures of personal well-being and improvement that turned electoral politics into social drama.

Gift of Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana

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By the late 19th century, symbols of home and family life had become mainstays of American political life and culture. The home became a setting in which the policies of the major parties and their presidential candidates played out. Rival claims for the promotion and protection of personal well-being and improvement turned electoral politics into social drama that likened the nation’s political affairs to a disheveled—or a well-kept—home.

DNC program, 1956

Gift of Nannine Young and Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana

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Campaign pamphlet, 1960

Gift of Nannine Young and Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana

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