History is Present

White House Wednesday: Behind the Stanchions | The Davis Bust

By Brianna Kirk
Lead Historical Interpreter

Everyone likes getting new things. With the holidays just past, many are enjoying new gifts as they start the new year.

Historians like getting new things, too. One of the rewards of working in a historic home is the plethora of artifacts that are donated. Each comes with its own interesting, and often fascinating, story.

The 2016 Election, Populists, & Greenbacks

By Chris Graham
Greenback America Guest Curator

On the BackStory podcast, the History Guys offered a “short take” on the election results. In searching through historical antecedents for the movement that propelled Donald Trump, Ed Ayers and Brian Balogh considered George Wallace and Huey Long, but I think they found the best analogy in the Populist movement of the 1880s and 1890s. The Populists felt, according to Ayers, that

The election of 1860 and the transfer of power

Has there always been a "smooth transfer of power" following presidential elections?

As Americans, we take for granted a relatively smooth election process in which losers in elections concede to the winners. Recent statements made by one of the presidential candidates challenge that notion, however, and beg the question: Have American presidential elections always resulted in a smooth transfer of power from one candidate or party to another?

The answer is, generally yes with one very significant exception: the election of 1860.

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