2012 UW History Lecture Series

Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012

Kane Hall 130
University of Washington



















Want to learn more about the elections that are the subject of the 2012 UW History Lecture Series, Pivotal Tuesdays? Scroll down to find links to some recommended books and resources about these game-changing races and their times, as well as some of my top books about modern American politics. Keep returning to this page, as I'll add resources as the lecture series goes on.

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Pivotal Tuesdays Poster


James Chace, 1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft & Debs - the election that changed the country (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2004)

Beverly Gage, The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Lewis L. Gould, Four Hats in the Ring: The 1912 Election and the Birth of Modern American Politics (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2008)

Richard Hofstadter, The Age of Reform: From Bryan to F.D.R. (New York: Knopf, 1955)

David M. Kennedy, Over Here: The First World War and American Society (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Sidney M. Milkis, Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2009)

Michael McGerr, A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005)

Library of Congress Resource Guide to the 1912 Election

Theodore Roosevelt, “The Liberty of the People” (audio recording)

William Howard Taft, “On Popular Unrest” (audio recording)

Woodrow Wilson, “On Labor” (audio recording)


Herbert Hoover, Speech in Detroit, October 1932 (audio and text)

David M. Kennedy, Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (New York: Oxford, 1999)

Roland Marchand, Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989)

H.L. Mencken, Making a President: A Footnote to the Saga of Democracy (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1932)

Eric Rauchway, The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction (New York: Oxford, 2008)

Donald A. Ritchie, Electing FDR: The New Deal Campaign of 1932 (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2007)

Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, March 1933 (audio and text)

"The Great Depression in Washington State," Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights Projects, University of Washington


Lewis Chester, Godfrey Hodgson, and Bruce Page, An American Melodrama: The Presidential Campaign of 1968 (New York: Viking Press, 1969)

Joe McGinniss, The Selling of the President (New York: Viking, 1969)

James T. Patterson, Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974 (New York: Oxford, 1997)

Rick Perlstein, Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (New York: Scribner, 2008)

Bruce J. Schulman, Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism: A Brief Biography with Documents (New York: Bedford, 2007)

Theodore H. White, The Making of the President 1968 (New York: Harper & Row, 1969)


James Carville and Mary Matalin, All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President (New York: Random House, 1994)

Jason DeParle, American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and the Nation's Drive to End Welfare (New York: Penguin, 2005)

Stefan Forbes, Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (documentary film, 2010)

Peter Goldman et al., The Quest for the Presidency 1992 (Texas A&M University Press, 1994)

Bill Clinton and Al Gore, Putting People First: How We Can All Change America (New York: Times Books, 1992)

James T. Patterson, Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007)

D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, The War Room (documentary film, 1993)

H. Ross Perot, United We Stand: How We Can All Take Back Our Country (New York: Hyperion, 1992)

Other Pivotal Elections and General Political History

Richard Ben Cramer, What it Takes: The Way to the White House (New York: Vintage, 1993)

Timothy Crouse, The Boys on the Bus (New York: Random House, 1973)

Matthew Dallek, The Right Moment: Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Morton Keller, America’s Three Regimes: A New Political History (New York: Oxford, 2007)

Theodore H. White, The Making of the President 1960 (New York: Harper Perennial Reissue, 2009)

For comprehensive election results, links to speeches, presidential documents, and more, see The American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

For biographies, detailed timelines, documents and recordings, see American President: A Reference Resource at the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

An archive of campaign commercials from 1952 to 2008, including all of those used in the lectures, can be found at the Museum of the Moving Image's website, Living Room Candidate.

For resources about the electoral college and electoral reform, read the report of the Carter-Baker Commission (2005), see the alternatives proposed by FairVote.org, and watch the new documentary film, Electoral Dysfunction (airing on PBS, November 2012).


 VIDEO: Watch the series on UWTV
The Election of 1912 (first aired 10/11/12)

The Election of 1932 (first aired 10/18/12)

The Election of 1968 (first aired 10/25/12)

The Election of 1992 (first aired 11/1/12)