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Three presidential campaigns were held in the United States during the 1840s.  With the growth of political sectionalism, economic turmoil resulting from the Panic of 1837, the country’s westward expansion and the controversial topic of slavery, these elections led to intense rivalries between candidates and their political parties.

While it was more the rule than the exception during this time period for newspapers to openly support a particular candidate or political party, the “regular” newspapers’ political content was supplemented by extreme and short-lived campaign newspapers.  Typically published for just a few months, spanning from before the election to just after, the campaign press focused on rallying support for the political candidates and platforms of their chosen political party.  These papers did not shy away from harsh criticism of their opponents, as is evidenced by their sometimes inflammatory titles. 

 

This collection features five campaign newspapers representing each presidential election from this decade:

 
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