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What happened to political jingles?

What happened to political jingles? Political campaign songs were a staple of the American presidential election cycle since 1800. With almost every election in the 19th century having each candidate have their surrogates going forth to teach and lead audiences in singing their songs during the campaign.[1] Before modern radio and television songs were just one of a myriad of ways that political campaigns would try to keep their voters interested. Which also included but was not limited to “live animals, fife-and-drum corps, red fire, floats” ”parades...banners, mass meetings, concerts”[2]...and famously in 1840, William Henry Harrison’s campaign literally rolled a giant ball around the coun

Whodunit, How and Why? The Evolution of Japanese Detective Fiction Literature

Bloodstains, fingerprints, and smoking guns are classic concepts of crime fiction that are prevalent in various aspects of popular culture. The genre, popularized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series, has gradually incorporated modern elements and blended with other media forms in Western societies. While obscure to international audiences, Japanese murder mystery also occupies a unique space in the country’s literary history; its development can be categorized into distinct stages that reflect Japanese thought on death, society, and the human experience. The concept of detective fiction was introduced to the Japanese public in the early 1920s by Edogawa Ranpo, a Japanese autho

Remote Learning, the Technology Gap, and Sesame Street

In recent months, the idea of what school looks like has undergone an extreme makeover as students and teachers have been hastily moved into the new ‘zoom classroom.’ While for many this transformation has brought about new obstacles; it has also heightened deeply-embedded troubles that have been plaguing the nation’s school systems since the introduction of the technological age to the classroom. Often referred to as the virtual achievement gap, this division between the haves and have-nots in education usually focuses on a child’s access to a stable internet connection at home for them to use to complete online homework. However, in the age of COVID-19, this gap now encompasses more than j

Mailing the State to the People

The postal system is one of the oldest functions of government in the United States. The history of an American postal system predates even the Constitution, first starting under the Articles of Confederation under Benjamin Franklin. Although it has grown, adapted, and evolved since its founding, the function of mail delivery remains an important and visible function of government. According to studies, 91% of Americans look favorably upon the United States Postal Service.[1] But a well-functioning postal system is more than merely a system of communication, it is indicative of a government that values its citizens. To evaluate the role the postal system plays in the importance a government

The Divisive Struggle to Form a National Identity

The Divisive Struggle to Form a National Identity In 1861, the United States of America faced a crisis unlike any other that had come before. As southern states began seceding from the union after the election of Abraham Lincoln, the very idea of America was at stake and the nation’s identity began to be called into question. Was the United States a nation founded on equality and freedom, allowing peoples from all over the world a sanctuary for free thought? Or was it a nation destined to be the standard-bearer for white, Anglo-Saxon supremacy, where Americans had bestowed upon themselves the task of subjugating and civilizing people of color? Author Colin Woodard attempts to tackle these qu

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