History First Podcast: Full Transcripts

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Instagram & Front Porch Campaigns:


KF (1:02): Hello and welcome to History First. This is a podcast about presidential history and trivia. You can also find us online at history-first.com.

So let’s talk about Instagram. More specifically, Instagram live. New Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has started something of a political trend ever since she started producing Instagram live videos. Now we’re seeing presidential hopefuls like Elizabeth Warren follow suit. And also Beto O’Rourke, but he’s still a big “if” when it comes to running for president.

(1:33): Politicians are more personable than ever. With tools like Instagram, they’re literally letting us into their kitchens. This is a far cry from how campaigns used to go. In the nineteenth century there were moments of drama–there was Grover Cleveland’s sex scandal, OK clubs which formed for Martin Van Buren, they also called him Old Kinderhook, which is why they were in an OK Club, and even insults. William Henry Harrison’s supporters wrote a whole song disparaging Martin Van Buren.

(2:03): But there was a shift in the election of 1880 with James Garfield. His nomination was a total surprise, and you can read about that more on the site, if you search for his name. When he became the Republican candidate, the incumbent, Rutherford B. Hayes, advised him to sit cross-legged and look wise until after the election. Garfield never had the chance. When he returned home to Mentor, Ohio he literally walked into the next big thing in presidential campaigns.

Polk, Trump, and Politics at the Border

To Biden or Not to Biden

Trump, Pelosi, & the State of the Union

Inauguration! Drama

Predictability of the Unpredictable: Dark Horse Campaigns & 2020

Origin Stories: Where Do Presidents Come From?

Ted Kennedy & The Question

Will, We Hardly Knew Ye: The Legacy of William Henry Harrison

Bachelors, Boos, & Cory Booker

EMERGENCY POD: The 25th Amendment

George Washington & the Myth of Wooden Teeth

New Kids in Town: Nixon, Kennedy, and the 116th Congress

The Life and Death of John Quincy Adams

From the Sidelines: The Role of Former Political Stars in New Campaigns

Pete Buttigieg, Franklin Roosevelt, and Reshaping the Supreme Court

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