Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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November 3rd
“They have no right to say they do not care. They must care!”
On November 3, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge took to the radio airwaves to remind Americans of a solemn duty:

All the opportunity for self-government through the rule of the people depends upon one single factor. That is the ballot box. . . . The people of our country are sovereign. If they do not vote they abdicate that sovereignty, and they may be entirely sure that if they relinquish it other forces will seize it, and if they fail to govern themselves some other power will rise up to govern them. The choice is always before them, whether they will be slaves or whether they will be free. The only way to be free is to exercise actively and energetically the privileges, and discharge faithfully the duties which make freedom. It is not to be secured by passive resistance. It is the result of energy and action. . . .

Persons who have the right to vote are trustees for the benefit of their country and their countrymen. They have no right to say they do not care. They must care! They have no right to say that whatever the result of the election they can get along. They must remember that their country and their countrymen cannot get along, cannot remain sound, cannot preserve its institutions, cannot protect its citizens, cannot maintain its place in the world, unless those who have the right to vote do sustain and do guide the course of public affairs by the thoughtful exercise of that right on election day.
American History Parade
1868
Republican Ulysses S. Grant defeats Democrat Horatio Seymour to become the eighteenth U.S. president.

1896
Republican William McKinley defeats Democrat William Jennings Bryan to become the twenty-fifth U.S. president.

1924
President Calvin Coolidge, in a radio address, reminds Americans of their duty to vote.

1948
The Chicago Daily Tribune announces “Dewey Defeats Truman” in a front-page headline (when, in fact, Truman had come from behind to win the presidential race).

1964
Incumbent president Lyndon B. Johnson defeats Republican challenger Barry Goldwater.
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