Time Capsules

Time Capsule: William Allen White Wages War on the Klan

Time Capsule: William Allen White Wages War on the Klan

Twenty years before his death on this day in 1944, legendary newspaper editor William Allen White, a man who advised Presidents and rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s greatest statesmen in a career that spanned five decades, waged one of the most fascinating and […]

by · January 29, 2013 · 1 comment ·
Time Capsule: Wisconsin’s Progressive Party Cheated by the Grim Reaper

Time Capsule: Wisconsin’s Progressive Party Cheated by the Grim Reaper

Thirty-six days after winning the governorship during this week in 1942, death cruelly intervened and denied the Wisconsin Progressive Party one of its greatest electoral achievements in the party’s twelve-year history. While Minnesota’s neighboring Farmer-Labor Party went out with barely a whimper and most of the country’s […]

by · November 10, 2012 · 1 comment ·
Time Capsule: Prohibition Candidate for President Barred from Voting in ’48

Time Capsule: Prohibition Candidate for President Barred from Voting in ’48

Claude A. Watson, the Prohibition Party’s candidate for president, was unable to vote for himself on this day in 1948. Watson and his wife had requested that absentee ballots be mailed to them in Winona Lake, Indiana, where they were attending a church convention, but had […]

by · November 2, 2012 · 0 comments ·
Time Capsule: Progressive Party Candidate Challenges Eisenhower and Stevenson to Televised Debate on Korea

Time Capsule: Progressive Party Candidate Challenges Eisenhower and Stevenson to Televised Debate on Korea

Crusading labor lawyer Vincent Hallinan, the Progressive Party candidate for president, challenged GOP presidential standard-bearer Dwight D. Eisenhower and Democratic nominee Adlai Stevenson to a public television debate on the war in Korea on this day in 1952. Speaking at a rally in Brooklyn, the Progressive Party nominee […]

by · October 5, 2012 · 0 comments ·
Time Capsule: American Party Candidate Calls Jimmy Carter ‘A Wild Man’

Time Capsule: American Party Candidate Calls Jimmy Carter ‘A Wild Man’

The American Party’s Thomas J. Anderson called Democratic presidential nominee Jimmy Carter “a wild man and phony” on this day in 1976. Speaking at a news conference in Merrillville, Indiana, the 64-year-old Anderson — a longtime member of the John Birch Society and one of nearly […]

by · October 1, 2012 · 6 comments ·
Time Capsule: SWP’s Farrell Dobbs Predicts Dewey Victory in ’48

Time Capsule: SWP’s Farrell Dobbs Predicts Dewey Victory in ’48

Farrell Dobbs, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for President, predicted that Republican Thomas E. Dewey would capture the White House on this day in 1948.  Dewey was leading President Truman by double digits in most public opinion polls at the time. Speaking at a press […]

by · September 30, 2012 · 2 comments ·
Darcy Richardson’s New Book About the Prohibition Party Released for Amazon Kindle

Darcy Richardson’s New Book About the Prohibition Party Released for Amazon Kindle

“A Toast to Glory: The Prohibition Party Flirts With Greatness” is now available for Amazon Kindle. Darcy Richardson’s latest work is an examination of the 1932 Prohibition Party’s efforts to recruit a major-name candidate to serve as their Presidential nominee. For much of its history, […]

by · September 26, 2012 · 0 comments ·
Time Capsule: People’s Party Candidate Promises ‘A Socialism that Fits America’

Time Capsule: People’s Party Candidate Promises ‘A Socialism that Fits America’

With a clenched fist and a fiery denunciation of all forms of discrimination, civil rights activist Margaret Wright of the Watts section of Los Angeles accepted the presidential nomination of the tiny People’s Party during this week in 1976.  Famed pediatrician and best-selling author Benjamin Spock, […]

by · September 8, 2012 · 0 comments ·
Time Capsule: Harry Browne Skewers Ross Perot

Time Capsule: Harry Browne Skewers Ross Perot

The late Harry Browne, waging the first of two consecutive campaigns as the Libertarian Party’s nominee for the presidency, criticized Texas billionaire Ross Perot as “a political welfare queen” on this day in 1996. Browne, who qualified for federal matching funds during both of his […]

by · September 7, 2012 · 4 comments ·
Time Capsule: Promising a ‘Hard War but a Happy Peace,’ Clare Boothe Luce Declares for Congress

Time Capsule: Promising a ‘Hard War but a Happy Peace,’ Clare Boothe Luce Declares for Congress

In one of the most fascinating congressional races in the country that autumn, wealthy playwright Clare Boothe Luce, the glamorous wife of TIME, Life and Fortune founder and publisher Henry R. Luce, announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House from Connecticut’s […]

by · September 3, 2012 · 0 comments ·