Fake News, Lying Politicians, and Dirty Tricks:
Madison County on the Eve of the Presidential Election, 1860 (or 2020?)
This MCHS webinar will be presented by Emeritus Professor Stephen Hansen on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 2-4 p.m. Reservations are required, but there is no cost for participation.
This online presentation will discuss the political campaign tactics and behavior of politicians and voters in Madison County leading up to the momentous presidential election of 1860. Hansen will explore how the American electoral system, frayed by uncompromising positions, heated rhetoric, and outrageous behavior, nearly collapsed. His remarks will also discuss political behavior in Illinois and Madison County prior to the 1860 election and, draw comparisons and mark differences with our own political behavior on the eve of the 2020 presidential election. Comments from participants during the presentation are welcome.
This program, comparing presidential politics of the notoriously vicious 1860 election with today, should prove to be both educational and entertaining. Originally scheduled as an in-person program, it has been moved online due to COVID-19 precautions which required cancellation of 2020 programming. Interested participants can register at: https://siue.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9F8aR3xVSa-A7bsZnJzGpw
The program will be recorded and posted to the Society’s website at a later date. The Madison County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. More information about the organization and Madison County history can be found at https://madcohistory.org/. To contact MCHS, call: 618-656-