A choice – not an echo.

The United States was near the end. Exhausted after a liberal democrat had done his best to dismantle what was left of the republic and remake us over in the image of an enlightened Europe we were trying to recover from his disastrous war while trying, at the same time, to protect ourselves from the Bolshevik vanguard of the new socialism – aka the old tyranny. The people had not yet gotten used to the idea that they could vote themselves gifts from the public treasury – although one of the leading candidates would finally enshrine that as the only truth that we hold to be self evident – and in a rearguard action the Republicans were able to take the reins of power and slow the nonsense of the archangel Woodrow. Will it happen again – stay tuned for news!

1920 : the year of the six presidents      David Pietrusza  Presidents United States Election 1920  New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2007 Hardcover.     1st Carroll & Graf ed., later printing. 533 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 507-522) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG

The presidential election of 1920 was one of the most dramatic ever. For the only time in the nation’s history, six once-and-future presidents hoped to end up in the White House: Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Theodore Roosevelt. It was an election that saw unprecedented levels of publicity  and it was the first to garner extensive newspaper and newsreel coverage. It was also the first election in which women could vote.

Meanwhile, the 1920 census showed that America had become an urban nation — automobiles, mass production, chain stores, and easy credit were transforming the economy and America was limbering up for the most spectacular decade of its history, the roaring ’20s. Award-winning historian David Pietrusza’s riveting new work presents a dazzling panorama of presidential personalities, ambitions, plots, and counterplots — a picture of modern America at the crossroads.

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