The Living Room Candidate

The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2008 is a fascinating site and historical resource. This easy to navigate site from the Museum of the Moving Image shows you the television commercials aimed to sway voters in presidential races.  For each campaign you’ll see commercials from the eventual victors as well as those who ran against them.

You can browse by year, by issue  and by type of commercial. The style and messages of the commercials are varied and highlight the major concerns of the time period from unemployment and corruption to nuclear weapons.

As well as the videos there are also some great links to other presidential campaign websites and even lesson plans for teachers. Take a look!

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