This exhibition presents a sampling of the rich collection of campaign songs housed in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. A 1920 campaign song cover pictured Warren G. Harding (1865–1923) with former Republican presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley. Instead of Harding’s other Republican predecessor, William Howard Taft, Abraham Lincoln is in the center under the broad embrace of Uncle Sam.
Bob Hope, who entertainment historian and critic Leonard Maltin declared “may be the most popular entertainer in the history of Western civilization,” was arguably the nation's best-loved topical humorist during the twentieth century. Hope for America draws from the personal papers, joke files, films, radio and television broadcasts, and other materials donated to the Library of Congress by Bob Hope and his family. This exhibition contains Al Jolson. “Harding, You’re the Man for Us.”
Florence Mabel Kling DeWolfe Harding, First Lady during the Warren G. Harding administration (1921-23), was born on August 15, 1860. An outspoken supporter of woman suffrage, Mrs. Harding cast her ballot in the presidential campaign of 1920 for her husband. She was the first American First Lady afforded that right, as the Nineteenth Amendment had been ratified the previous summer.
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1920, including sound recordings, photographs, political cartoons, newspaper articles, and sheet music. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1920 that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1920 election and a selected bibliography.