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"The Best Circus": Campaigning for President, 1952 to 2000

South Carolina Political Collections Gallery, Hollings Library
Sep 24, 2012 - Nov 30, 2012

"'The Best Circus": Campaigning for President, 1952 to 2000" is on display in the South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC) Gallery now through November 30 in the Hollings Library.

"The exhibit is filled with campaign memorabilia from our collections," said SCPC's Lori Schwartz, who curated the exhibit.

"The exhibit starts with the 1952 presidential campaign of Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) v. Adlai Stevenson (D) and ends in 2000 with George W. Bush v. Al Gore, Jr.," Schwartz said. "Some items, like classic bumper stickers, people will remember; other items are more obscure, like a 'We Like Ike' elephant bobble head beanie, a macaroni and cheese box from the 1996 Democratic National Convention, and a set of holographic campaign buttons from the 1960s and 1970s."

Schwartz explained that the exhibit title is taken from a quote by American humorist H.L. Mencken:  "A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in."

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