The 1880 Election and The Morey Letter: A Tale of October Surprises, Immigration Politics, Memes, Counter Memes and Absolutely Nothing at All To Do with Today’s Politics

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The 1880 election was close, with Democrats and Republicans seeking an advantage in its waning days when a letter hits a major city newspaper purporting to be in the hand of a candidate.  It is a letter that could turn the election.  With Todd Arrington, a historian at the  James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio, and author of “The Last Lincoln Republican,” we discuss James A. Garfield’s surprise nomination and the Morey letter.  We also discuss what could have been had Garfield lived.

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