“Election Symbols: The Language of the Heart, Veil over the Mind?” Article (Faculty180)


  • The article discusses how political parties in the 1852 U.S. presidential election used symbols such as language to influence public perception of their candidates. Topics discussed include the portrayal of presidential candidates Franklin Pierce and Winfield Scott in cartoons, the Whig Party's circulation of the book "The Military Services of General Pierce" to ridicule Pierce, and the Democratic Party's focus on the weight, love of uniforms and age of Scott to make him a fool among voters.

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