Political campaigning before Twitter and Facebook
Many of today’s political candidates harness social media to rally the electorate. But what did politicians do before the advent of Twitter and Facebook? Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of objects from past campaigns in the museum’s Political History collection:
Barack Obama and Teddy Roosevelt dolls
Michael Dukakis and Jesse Jackson pencil-top souvenirs
Assortment of campaign souvenirs
Dwight Eisenhower campaign buttons
New technology may allow candidates to efficiently reach more potential voters, but can a Tweet create the same kind of personal connection as a tangible object, like a button or pen? Tell us what you think.
To learn more about voting in America, check out our online exhibition Vote: The Machinery of Democracy.
Ben Miller is an intern in the New Media program at the the National Museum of American History.