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George McGovern and the Democratic Insurgents: The Best Campaign and Political Posters of the Last Fifty Years (Paperback)
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George McGovern and the Democratic Insurgents: The Best Campaign and Political Posters of the Last Fifty Years (Paperback)

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Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 03/11/2015
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South Dakota senator George McGovern's 1972 presidential bid was one of the most memorable campaigns in American political history. Despite McGovern's landslide loss to the incumbent Richard Nixon, McGovern's campaign attracted widespread grassroots support, and his campaign posters represent a landmark in the history of U.S. campaign memorabilia in terms of the sheer number and quality of posters produced in support of the candidate. Like Barack Obama's run for the presidency in 2008, McGovern's campaign stoked the imagination of the artistic community. World-famous artists-including Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Larry Rivers, Sam Francis, Thomas W. Benton, Sister Corita, and Paul Davis-produced posters in support of McGovern that captured a generation's efforts to bring about major political change. George McGovern and the Democratic Insurgents, with nearly three hundred stunning images, provides an illustrated journey through the protest and psychedelic rock posters of the 1960s, the posters of Eugene McCarthy's 1968 presidential campaign, the poster explosion of George McGovern's 1972 campaign, and the best campaign posters from 1976 to 2012. A historical examination of the graphic precedents for this politicized art form, Hal Elliott Wert's collection offers readers a singular insight into artistic invention and activism in the United States.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803278714
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 305 x 229 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The images on these earlier posters serve as powerful reminders of another era when our deepest differences could be expressed without descending into what may become our darkest hour."-Nancy Love, New Political Science -- Nancy Love * New Political Science *
"A beautiful book."-Ralph Young, Great Plains Research -- Ralph Young * Great Plains Research *
"Hal Wert transports the reader back to a time when wheat paste campaigns were as incendiary and potent a political weapon as a Swiftboat ad is today. Psychedelic, defiant, and poignant, the political posters Wert has gathered together in this book capture the zeitgeist of the era."-Daniel Joseph Watkins, author of Thomas W. Benton: Artist/Activist -- Daniel Joseph Watkins
"This expertly curated collection of poster art is a vivid but poignant reminder of the turbulent years when politicians could dare to reflect the ideals of the counter-culture. Evocative and powerful, these rare artifacts bring historic dreams and doomed crusades back to life."-Peter Doggett, author of There's a Riot Going On -- Peter Doggett
"You don't have to be a George McGovern fan to appreciate Hal Wert's latest book, but if you are, you're in for a treat. Hal Wert combines art, music, politics, and history, along with a fascinating array of posters throughout the decades, to provide a visual feast with plenty of accompanying substance and historical context."-Laurie Langland, university archivist at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota -- Laurie Langland
"A valuable contribution to understanding and appreciating the power of pictorial imagery to persuade people."-Ann McGovern, daughter of George McGovern -- Ann McGovern
"Wert has assembled an impressive array of official and unofficial artworks that reveal the rich intersection of electoral, countercultural, and mass-movement posters that sought to reframe American society."-Lincoln Cushing, author of All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area -- Lincoln Cushing

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