Guided Primary Source Analysis: Biggest Business in the World

The Ward County independent., October 28, 1920, Image 13
Warren G. Harding campaign ad. The Ward County independent. (Minot, Ward County, N.D.), 28 Oct. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

This campaign ad lists 10 pledges Senator Warren G. Harding promised to uphold. Which 3 do you think are most important for a politician to keep? Explain the reasoning for your choices.

What pledges would you make if you were running for political office? Explain the reasoning for your choices.

This campaign ad says the United States is the biggest business in the world. Read: The Business of America: The Economy in the 1920s, then answer the questions below.

  • Was comparing the U.S. government to a business an effective tactic in this ad? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think the Republicans chose to focus on business in this time period?
  • Do you think the statement is still true today? Why or why not? What resources would you consult to investigate further?

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

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