The videos in this playlist explore presidential elections in historical perspective, via five case studies. It tells the story of key campaigns in US history, and by doing so it investigates how politics changed over time—and how understanding the past sheds light on the current campaign. From the arrival of "dirty politics" to the impact of the "digital revolution," the course looks at the historical background to some of the key phenomena that shaped the controversy-laden campaign of 2016.
These videos are free open resources originally created for the short course, The Making of the US President: A Short History in Five Elections.
This course is no longer running but you can still work through the resources in your own time using the videos in this playlist.