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Presidential Campaigns

For most of the 19th century and early 20th century, presidents were called to serve and their campaigning consisted of front porch speeches and small newspaper promotions. The elaborate presidential campaigns that we have come to know today evolved from a switch to a candidate-centered system, with the development of new technology and the concept of the presidential debate. Presidential candidates were then faced with a new race in which their character had to be proven to the American public as they are kept under a critical eye, leading to a corruption of our election system.