History In The Headlines

Category: Elections

1864 campaign poster featuring Abraham Lincoln and running mate Andrew Johnson

Lincoln’s Hard-Fought Civil War Re-Election, 150 Years Ago

By winning re-election in 1864 against his former top general, Abraham Lincoln dashed any hopes of a negotiated peace with the Confederacy.

1848 Whig Party campaign banner, featuring Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore. (Credit: Getty Images)

Afghanistan and Iraq War Vets Help Revive Whig Party

Get the facts about the modern version of the 19th century political party whose members included four U.S. presidents and a young Abe Lincoln.

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The Truman-Dewey Election, 65 Years Ago

On the 65th anniversary of one of the greatest upsets in American politics, get the story on President Harry Truman’s unexpected re-election victory over Thomas Dewey.

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This Year in History: 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, explore some of the year’s stories, as covered by History in the Headlines.

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9 Things You May Not Know About the Electoral College

As American electors gather to formally cast their votes for president, explore 9 things you may not know about the Electoral College.

Campaign Slogans

10 Winning Presidential Campaign Slogans

As Americans vote for their next president, explore 10 memorable campaign slogans that have propelled candidates to the White House.

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Remembering the 1912 Presidential Election

A former president, a current president, a future president and a Socialist Party candidate all sought the White House 100 years ago.

Barack Obama and John McCain take part in the first debate of the 2008 presidential election. (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

7 Things You May Not Know About U.S. Presidential Debates

As the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates finally meet face to face, explore seven surprising facts about the history of presidential debates.

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5 Things You May Not Know About U.S. Political Conventions

From surprise candidates to delegate fistfights, here are five things you may not know about the history of nominating conventions.