May 31, 2020

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 says the United States is the biggest business in the world. Is comparing the U.S. government to a business an effective tactic? Why or why not? Do you think the statement is true today? Why or why not? What resources would you consult to find out?

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.

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

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