Annotated bibliography – The 1968 presidential elections in the U.S.

Ambrose, Stephen E. Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician, 1962–1972. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989. Print

In this book, Ambrose presents a detailed review of the events of Nixon’s presidency including his successful election in the 1968 election. The book thus provides a good source of information for evaluating the influence of 1968 elections on the political systems in America.

Abrahamson, Paul R, John H. Aldrich, Philip Paolino and David W. Rohde. “Challenges to the American Two-Party System: Evidence from the 1968, 1980, 1992, and 1996 Presidential Elections.” Political Research Quarterly 53.3 (2000): 495 – 522. Jstor. Web 22 May 2012.

This journal article evaluates the implications of rising popularity of independent candidates in the US election. It uses the 1968 elections and other presidential elections to determine whether such increases denote a change in the political organization in the country. This presents information as to whether the 1968 elections were the driver for such a change.

Campbell, James E. “When Have Presidential Campaigns Decided election Outcomes?” American Politics Research 29.5 (2001): 437 – 460. Sage. Web.22 May 2012.

This paper presents an analysis of the effect of presidential campaigns on the outcome of the election. Through such analysis, the paper provides aspects of difference between the 1968 election and other elections in the US. Its publishing in a Peer-reviewed journal vouches for the credibility of its content.

Chester, Lewis, Godfrey Hodgson, and Bruce Page, “An American Melodrama: The Presidential Campaign of 1968.” New York Viking Press, 1969. Print.

This book presents a succinct description of events that characterized the 1968 election. It provides a critical analysis of aspects that shaped the outcome that presenting a basis for analyzing that year’s election.

Dallek, Robert. Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961–1973. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Print.

This book highlights the leadership of Johnson, the incumbent in the 1968 elections. It presents critical information with respect to his achievements and failures thus presenting a sound basis on evaluation of the events that shaped the 1968 elections.

Gould, Lewis L. 1968: The Election That Changed America. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Government Institutes, 2010. Web. 22 May 2012.

In this book, Gould presents a detailed review of the events of the 1968 US elections noting effects of aspects such as the Vietnam War and domestic affairs. By presenting a systematic discussion of events that occurred before the election, the book provides a good source of information for evaluating the influence of 1968 elections on the political systems in America.

Hartwig, Fredrick, William R. Jenkins and Earl M. Temchin. “Variability in Electoral Behavior: The 1960, 1968, and 1976 Elections.” American Journal of Political Science 24. 3 (1980): 553 – 558. Academic Search Complete. Web 22 May 2012.

This Journal article evaluates the changes in voter behavior from 1960 to 1976. Such comparison identify the rise of issue based and fall of partisanship from 1968, thus indicating 1968 to have been an election that altered the direction of modern American politics.

Nicholas, H. G. “The 1968 Presidential Elections.” Journal of American Studies 3.1 (1969): 1 -15. JSTOR. Web. 22 May 2012.

This journal article presents an overview of the 1968 elections with an overview of aspects that were different from the previous elections. Having been published within a year of the elections, the journal article offers a basis for comparison with other critiques that have been written subsequently. It thus offers information that will help in assessing how perspectives have changed concerning the effect of the 1968 elections.

Nixon, Richard Milhous and Rick Perlstein. Richard Nixon: Speeches, Writings, Documents. ed. Rick Perlstein. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008. Web 22 May 2012.

This book presents various speeches, writings and critical documents produced by Nixon that are related to his political career and presidency. Of use in the current analysis is the speech designated “Appraisal of Manila”, which criticized President Johnson’s mutual-withdrawal declaration thus bringing Nixon to the limelight as a contender for the 1968 presidency.

Schlesinger, Arthur. “The 1968 Election.” Vital Speeches of the Day 35.5 (1968): 148 – 154. Academic Search Complete. Web. 22 May 2012.

In this speech published in a peer-reviewed journal, the author details the changes that took place with the 1968 elections. It thus provides a critical source of information to evaluate how 1968 elections affected the direction of American politics.

Small, Melvin, “The Election of 1968.” Diplomatic History 28.4 (2004): 513 – 528. Academic Search Complete. Web. 22 May 2012.

Small presents a detailed analysis of the 1968 presidential elections arguing out the intricacies that surrounded the election. The article highlights the central place that the Vietnam war played in shaping the 1968 elections, reinforcing the fact that, despite the turbulent domestic environment, the approach to foreign policy was core to the direction the elections took. Being published in a peer-reviewed journal, the article presents a credible source of information in discussing the historical aspects of the 1968 war.

Unger, Irwin and Debi Unger, Turning Point: 1968, New York: Scribner, 1988. Print

This book presents a succinct description of events that characterized the 1968 election. It provides a critical analysis of aspects that shaped the outcome thus presenting a basis for analyzing that year’s election.

Whalen, Richard Catch the Falling Flag: A Republican’s Challenge to His Party. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin 1972. Print

This book identifies the rise of Nixon into the presidency. It highlights some of the strategies he used in his presidential campaign for the 1968 elections thus providing important information to discuss the 1968 elections.

Witcover, Jules. The Year the Dream Died: Revisiting 1968 in America New York: Warner Books 1997. Print.

This book presents a description of events that characterized the 1968 election. It provides a critical analysis of aspects that shaped the outcome thus presenting a basis for analyzing that year’s election.

White, Theodore H. The Making of the President. New York: HarperCollins, 1969. Print.

This book presents a succinct description of events that characterized the 1968 election. It provides a critical analysis of aspects that shaped the outcome that presenting a basis for analyzing that year’s election.

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