On Episode 30 of American History Too! we take a deep dive into the history of music and presidential campaigns in the United States. Joined by the Imperial War Museum’s Fraser McCallum we discuss the rise of campaign music from the nineteenth century to the current 2016 election, including all the great love affairs and spats that have existed between politicians and musicians.
Following our discussion of music, we then delve into a debate on whether the politics as entertainment – a theme so evident in this year’s campaign – is a new phenomenon or whether it’s been around since the beginning of mass democracy.
We’ll be back next month with a podcast on the history of the CIA. Until then, have a great election!
Mark and Malcolm