"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -- Plato
How did leisure suits affect political campaigns? Why was the rooster once the symbol of the Democratic Party? What feminine freebies did Eisenhower lure women voters with? To find out, take a walk down 215 years of American campaign trails with the exhibit, "From George to George: Presidential Elections in the United States from 1789 to the Present."
On display from Sept. 10, 2004 to Jan. 20, 2005, this exhibition of political memorabilia at Southern Methodist University's Bridwell Library takes an in-depth look at the election process, with more than 200 items, including an array of art, posters, buttons, cartoons, household items, flags -- even Ross Perot's charts.
Today it's PACs, not parties, and television, not torches, that shape our campaigns. From the serious to the trivial, elections teach us about our enduring democracy -- so click the images on this presidential timeline to learn more: