|History of the Susan H. Douglas Collection | National Impact | Audience|
Political memorabilia are a particularly rich resource, bringing life and color to the study of the past. Beyond their immediate goal of promoting presidential candidates and their parties, these objects also served to simplify complex personalities and issues, give them immediacy, and generate and maintain emotional bonds. Through their texts, imagery, design, and materials, they offer direct access to lives of everyday people, speaking of public exhortations, performances, and provocations and private gestures of allegiance and mourning made by common citizens. They record all of the aspects of the American presidential campaign, including high fun and bitter denunciations as well as serious debates over public policy.
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