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ELECTION 2004

From George to George

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -- Plato

Going to the Exhibit
 The "From George to George" exhibit is on display from Sept. 10 to Jan. 20 in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries of SMU's Bridwell Library. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.  Admission is free. Visitor parking is available on campus

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:

Washington button

Jackson letter
Harrison textile
1789
Sew Select
 
1828
Get the Party Started
 
1840
Whigs for Tea
"Know Nothing" party ticket
Wide Awake Parade woodcut
Lincoln ferrotype
1852
That's the Ticket
 
1860
A Thousand Points of Light

1864
Where's the Baby and the Dog?
Cleveland stickpin
McKinley badge
McKinley button
1884
Cock of the Walk
 
1896
Silver and Gold
 
Pinning
My Hopes
Harding beanie
Al Smith license plate
Johnson flyer
1920
The Roaring Twenties
 
1928
Honk If You
Love Politics
 
1940
What Would Lady Bird Say?
Truman comic book
Ike compact
JFK-MLK letter
1948
Masked Marvel
1952
Powder to
The People
 
1960
The Personal Touch
Wallace matchbook
Carter button
Reagan medal
1968
Three-Way Match
1976
Bye-Bye Buttons
 
1984
Reagan Country
Ross Perot's NAFTA trade deficit chart, 1992
Dole button
1992
A Giant Sucking Sound
1996
America's Most Wanted
"Priceless" t-shirt
"Sore Loserman" t-shirt
2000
Your Vote Matters