Listen to Episode 3 of Whistlestop:
Whistlestop is Slate’s new bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our chief political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each weekly installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America’s quadrennial carnival.
This week’s episode recalls the 1840 campaign of presidential candidate William Henry Harrison, humble farmer of North Bend, Ohio, and hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe. Or at least that was the folksy image manufactured by the Whigs through a strategy of umbrage-taking and personal pandering. Listen as John Dickerson spins a rollicking tale of log cabins, hard cider, and rhyming political slogans.
This week’s show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series “Turning Points in American History.” Get it at 80 percent off the original price by visiting Whistlestop’s page at TheGreatCourses.com.
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