American Presidential Elections

American Presidential Elections

Series editors: Michael Nelson and John M. McCardell, Jr.


The concise and readable volumes in this series focus on key presidential elections, their historical significance and impact, and their continuing relevance for contemporary American politics, public policy, and society. Each book treats the election as a window into the politics of its time and examines what made the election interesting, distinctive, and historically significant.

Covered in each volume are the historical and political setting in which the election took place, the major contenders, the nominating process, the general election campaign, and significant congressional and state elections held in conjunction with the presidential election. Each volume not only provides an overall analysis and interpretation of what happened, but also examines in what ways the election shed light on the politics of the times and foreshadowed those that ensued. 

For more information about the series, please contact: David Congdon, Acquisitions Editor: dcongdon@ku.edu.


American Presidential Elections - Series

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Reagan's Victory

The Presidential Election of 1980 and the Rise of the Right

Andrew E. Busch

November 2005
248 pages

Electing FDR

The New Deal Campaign of 1932

Donald A. Ritchie

November 2007
284 pages

Four Hats in the Ring

The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics

Lewis L. Gould

April 2008
254 pages

By One Vote

The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876

Michael F. Holt

October 2008
314 pages

Minority Victory

Gilded Age Politics and the Front Porch Campaign of 1888

Charles W. Calhoun

November 2008
256 pages

The Real Making of the President

Kennedy, Nixon, and the 1960 Election

W. J. Rorabaugh

March 2009
260 pages

Party over Section

The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848

Joel H. Silbey

March 2009
214 pages

Vindicating Andrew Jackson

The 1828 Election and the Rise of the Two-Party System

Donald B. Cole

September 2009
268 pages

Realigning America

McKinley, Bryan, and the Remarkable Election of 1896

R. Hal Williams

March 2010
264 pages

The Deadlocked Election of 1800

Jefferson, Burr, and the Union in the Balance

James Roger Sharp

September 2010
254 pages

Truman's Triumphs

The 1948 Election and the Making of Postwar America

Andrew E. Busch

October 2012
290 pages

The First Presidential Contest

1796 and the Founding of American Democracy

Jeffrey L. Pasley

May 2013
528 pages

Resilient America

Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government

Michael Nelson

April 2014
360 pages

The One-Party Presidential Contest

Adams, Jackson, and 1824's Five-Horse Race

Donald Ratcliffe

October 2015
368 pages

The First Modern Clash over Federal Power

Wilson versus Hughes in the Presidential Election of 1916

Lewis L. Gould

August 2016
192 pages

A Third Term for FDR

The Election of 1940

John W. Jeffries

March 2017
276 pages

I Like Ike

The Presidential Election of 1952

John Robert Greene

April 2017
272 pages

The Election of 1860

"A Campaign Fraught with Consequences"

Michael F. Holt

October 2017
272 pages

Two Suns of the Southwest

Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, and the 1964 Battle between Liberalism and Conservatism

Nancy Beck Young

June 2019
304 pages

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