In 1789, George Washington won the first presidential election in American history, getting every electoral vote. Since then, presidential elections have become more contentious and less predictable, often with narrow wins or landslide victories.
How does this year’s campaign compare to those over the past 227 years? Infobase’s Issues & Controversies in American History database can help. Users can follow the “American Presidential Elections” link at the bottom of each page in the database to access the issues, controversies, and results of every presidential election since 1789. The American Presidential Elections section provides valuable context, insight, and understanding of this year’s election by reviewing the stories behind those of years past, including voting statistics, biographies, and links to related topics. Users can also check out feature articles on some of the most contentious elections in U.S. history, including the presidential elections of 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000.
Issues & Controversies in American History’s American Presidential Elections section lets users get the facts and make their own observations. Users can analyze the breakdown of votes, the popularity of the various political parties, and the major issues of each election, and also look for trends and patterns over the years, seeing how American politics and elections have changed throughout the nation’s history.
Issues & Controversies in American History is an accessible educational database that delivers dynamic, concise, and balanced coverage providing the background, outcome, and contemporary points of view for every major debate and conflict in American history.