When Presidential Campaigns Began to Deploy New Media, by Charles Musser

So there are a few people at least who have been asking me about the ways in which my research on presidential elections of the 1890s engages/resonates with/reflects what is going on now. In this respect I tend to take a somewhat ironic, distant view. It doesn't mean that I don't get worked up over what is happening as we moved toward the vote on Tuesday, but I look for ways in which today and 120 or so years ago seem to speak to each other. Anyway, here is a piece I wrote for History News Network.
Charles Musser is Professor of Film & Media Studies and American Studies at Yale University. He authored the prizing winning book The Emergence of Cinema: The…