A Fickle Current Podcast

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“I am aware that I launch out upon a fickle current and am about a work as precarious as men follow and of which a writer has said,
‘It is the most seductive and dangerous which a young man can follow.’”

-James A. Garfield, August 23, 1859

Our podcast series will begin, not with the start of Garfield’s political career, but with its high point—the presidential election campaign of 1880. Over the next several weeks you can hear the stories of Garfield’s remarkable, precedent-setting, “busy yet pleasant” summer—starting with the convention in June that chose him as the Republican candidate for president on the 36th ballot. The season ends “at the ballot-boxes of the republic, in the quiet of November,” with Garfield’s election by one of the closest popular vote margins in our nation’s history.

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Schedule of Podcasts:

9-6-20- Episode 1: The Convention
9-20-20- Episode 2: The Front Porch Campaign
10-4-20- Episode 3: The Fifth Avenue Conference
10-18-20- Episode 4: A Busy, Pleasant Summer
11-1-20- Episode 5: The Round Robin Letter

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Last updated: October 18, 2020

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