Comparing Today's Campaigning to the Days of President Harrison
(photo courtesy of PresidentBenjaminHarrison.org)
Phone calls, commericals, mail...we might soon be up to our eyeballs in campaign messaging, but how much has that changed over time?
Quite a bit according to the curator of the Benjamin Harrison House. In fact, instead of the candidate knocking on your door, or traveling to a town hall, Jennifer Capps says you would be more likely to take a train and walk to the candidate's house. "Train was available but they felt that the 'Front Porch Campaign' was just sort of a style at that time."
Of course there were still campaign gimmicks though, but not the paper palm-cards, and buttons we see today. In fact, one group of presidential supporters for Harrison rolled a huge ball from Massachusetts to Indianapolis.