The University of Miami Libraries have thousands of resources about the U.S. presidents and presidential elections and campaigns. After analyzing titles recently added to the Libraries' collection, Dr. Holly Ackerman, social sciences librarian, compiled three distinctive bibliographies on the topics of 18th and 19th century U.S. presidents, 20th and 21st century U.S. presidents, and U.S. presidential elections and campaigns. The bibliographies, available as PDF files from the links below, will help you choose books that will assess the course and landscape of the subject matter. Each entry provides call numbers that are hyperlinked to the University of Miami Libraries' IBISWEB Library Catalog record. The catalog records provide additional information about the titles including the subjects covered in the book. Many of these recently published titles also can be located at bookstores or your local library.
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Learn about the dynastic Adams family that produced father and son presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams, the latter of whom was accused of stealing the presidential election of 1824. Consider another president, James K. Polk, who may have provoked the Mexican-American war for political and economic gain. Read about Andrew Jackson, a Western president nearly undone by a sex scandal. All of these incidents and others took place long before the institution of the presidency ended its first century.
Find the story of Woodrow Wilson, an early 20th century president who stayed hidden in the White House, unable to make even the most basic decisions or recognize his senior staff. His wife, Edith, ran the show. Ponder whether "Silent Cal Coolidge", a supposedly taciturn president may have suffered from clinical depression. Read the memoirs of Jimmy Carter, a president whose post-presidency accomplishments may give him a greater place in history than his work while in office. These accounts and others provide insight into the greatness and flaws of those who have occupied the most powerful office in the world.
offer you the opportunity to investigate many questions, including: Are
great politicians born or made? Did Gore make the most of media coverage
in 2000? Are the outcomes of presidential elections really predictable?
Is the Vietnam conflict still affecting U.S. presidential elections? Will
the Internet affect the outcome of the 2004 election?
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