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I am going to say exactly what I mean in there today. For twenty years, I watched the Republicans in Congress as though they had no function, no mandate, no capacity, to do anything more than constantly bite at Roosevelt and Truman. A party leader who can only say ‘no’ is no kind of party leader at all, in my book. Twenty years of screaming at Roosevelt and Truman got the Republicans this: the loss of power for twenty years and a reputation in the country for being only nay-sayers. I don’t believe that the sole duty of an opposition is just to oppose; I believe the United States Senate has a duty to have its own programs, too. Now that the Republicans at last are in the White House, I am not only interested in running a party that can only attack Eisenhower.
—  Lyndon B. Johnson, on his vision for his role upon his election as the Democratic floor leader in the U.S. Senate, January 3, 1953.

May 21st 1865

I have received the letter, which Your Majesty has had the kindness to write & am deeply grateful for its expressions of tender sympathy, coming as they do, from a heart which from its own sorrow, can appreciate the intense grief, I now endure. Accept, Madam, the assurance of my heartfelt thanks & believe me in the deepest sorrow, Your Majesty’s sincere and grateful friend.

Mary Lincoln

President Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, at 7:22 a.m. after being shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth. His widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, wrote this letter–bordered with black for mourning–just over a month later.

She thanked Queen Victoria of England, who had sent Mrs. Lincoln a letter of condolence earlier. Mrs. Lincoln notes that the Queen, whose husband Albert had died in 1861, truly knows the “intense grief” which she is feeling.

A copy of the letter sent to Mrs. Lincoln from Queen Victoria can be seen here  http://ow.ly/LEdIC in the Library of Congress​.

The letter is part of the holdings of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum​.


Thank you to everyone who shared their posters, signs, and brochures for the first week of #ElectionCollection with @usnatarchives and @americanexperiencepbs!

We’d like to give a special shout out to @americanantiquarian and@thedamlibrarian for Rather Disturbing Campaign Memorabilia while @nixonlibrary and@minnesotahistoricalsociety were Most Groovy!  

Check out all the great finds and fascinating history at #ElectionCollection here.

We can’t wait for next week’s challenge. See you on Tuesday!

Participant Images:

William McKinley/Teddy Roosevelt poster from the 1900 campaign from the Hervey A. Priddy Collection of American Presidential and Political Memorabilia.  @culdigital

“I Like Ike” hanging signs from the Eisenhower Presidential Library. 

Humbert Humphrey 1968 Presidential Campaign Poster from the @minnesotahistoricalsociety.

“Happy days are here again!” proclaimed this 1932 banner celebrating the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt and end of Prohibition from @amhistorymuseum National American History Museum.

1872 anti-Horace Greeley lithographed fan includes anti-Greeley cartoons on the verso from @AmericanAntiquarian. 

Advertisement for tin puzzles created by artist Everett Shinn of 1908 presidential nominees William Taft and William Jennings Bryan. The trick was to place the pupils, which were steel balls, in their eye sockets. From @damlibrarian Delaware Art Museum.

Nixon-Agnew campaign catalog filled with groovy MOD MODES FOR NIXON paper clothes that local campaign offices could order from the @RichardNixonLibrary Nixon Presidential Library. 


Are these the same children? (Or, the same ruffly pantaloons and bunny ear hats?)

The black and white image is from 1958, and is part of the holdings of the Eisenhower Presidential Library. The children are identified as Bunny, Hazel, Fred and Darlene Johansen.

The color photograph is from 1961, and is part of the holdings of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. 

What do you think?