In reviewing the Williams College pre-Civil War presidential attack ads that have accumulated since my earlier post on the subject, I find this pro-Quinzy anti-Andy Jackson video from the 1828 campaign particularly effective. It hits the character issue, the adultery smear is great, the Jefferson and Jackson quotes toward the end are devastating and the background song (Little Know Ye Who's Coming) is effective as well.
I have discussed previously the ingenious history class in which Williams College students were asked to produce presidential campaign video ads for and/or against candidates in pre-Civil War races. As you may expect, I awaited with... Read Post
I still think the J.Q. Adams-Andy Jackson contest of 1828 should get the nod for the nastiest presidential election, but Reason makes the case for the 1800 race between TJ and Quinzy's dad. Read Post