1860’s Politics: Campaign Ads for Television?

Emerging Civil War 1860's Politics HeaderI was bored one morning and needed some history humor. So…I searched “1860 political” on YouTube. The results were amazing!

There were serious lectures and informational videos. And then there were political ads, likely created by students as part of their U.S. History class. Here are my favorites for the four candidates of the 1860 Presidential Election.Keep in mind that political ads like this reveal only the best about their candidates and tend to bash the other contenders. Also, you may find some interesting perspectives on the candidates – perhaps the students are using information gleaned with hindsight rather than the actual 1860 platforms?

All videos are less than two minutes! Watch them and let us know in the comments who you’d vote for (based on the videos).

Abraham Lincoln Campaign Ad

Stephen Douglas Campaign Ad

John Breckinridge Campaign Ad

John Bell Campaign Ad

 

 

 

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, historian, living history enthusiast, and historical fiction writer. When sharing history, I try to keep the facts interesting and understandable. History is about real people, real actions, real effects and it should inspire us today.
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6 Responses to 1860’s Politics: Campaign Ads for Television?

  1. joe truglio says:

    These ads were quite mild in reference to history. With hindsight I would vote for Lincoln. However, if this is all I would know I may choose Bell.

  2. David L. Lady says:

    Ms. Bierle, A bit of fun there! I admire the teacher who guided their students into this project. How tame and positive these ads seem, when compared to the apocalyptic warnings, the racist cant, and the character assassination practiced at the time by public media and surrogate speakers.
    At least then, the candidates did not actively campaign and Americans did not have to hear them rant and rut about in the same way.

  3. Charlie Townsley says:

    Enjoyed the campaign ads of 1860. I would cast my ballot for John Bell.

  4. THANK YOU AND HATS OFF TO A GOOD TEACHER , PERHAPS OUR CANDIDATES TODAY NEED TO WATCH . BASED ON THE ADS I WOULD OF VOTED FOR DOUGLAS

  5. David Corbett says:

    The Bell message misspelt the word “independence..”

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