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Upcoming Events:

Partisan Mudslinging in the 1828 Presidential Campaign

November 20th at 6:00pm

Dr. Mark R. Cheathem will join the Institute to present a discussion entitled, "Partisan Mudslinging in the 1828 Presidential Campaign," as part of the Institute's Speaker Series. The 1828 presidential campaign ranks as one of the dirtiest in U.S. political history. Supporters of President John Quincy Adams levied numerous accusations against his challenger, Tennessean Andrew Jackson, labeling him a wife-stealing, slave-trading, murderous Napoleon. The Jackson campaign lashed back with charges that Adams and his secretary of state, Henry Clay, had stolen the election from “the people.” By the time the election results gave Jackson the victory, a permanent and emotionally charged enmity existed between Jackson and his political opponents. This divide set the partisan tone for Jackson’s presidency and provided the foundation for the second American party system.

A native of Cleveland, Tennessee, Dr. Mark R. Cheathem earned his B.A. in history from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, his M.A. in history from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, and his Ph.D. in history from Mississippi State University. After teaching at Mississippi University for Women and Mississippi State University, he moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2004 to serve as an assistant professor of history at Southern New Hampshire University. In 2008, Cheathem returned to his undergraduate alma mater as an associate professor of history. He also serves as history program director.

Cheathem is the author of Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democrats, Andrew Jackson, Southerner, which won the 2013 Tennessee History Book Award, and Old Hickory’s Nephew: The Political and Private Struggles of Andrew Jackson Donelson. He has also edited two books: Jacksonian America: People and Perspectives (2008) and (with Michael B. Ballard) Of Times and Race: Essays Inspired by John F. Marszalek (2013). He is currently completing a new book entitled The Log Cabin and Hard Cider Campaign of 1840.

This event is free and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

Forum on the Future: The Aging of New Hampshire: The Trend - The Implications

December 5th at 8:00am

"The year 2020 will see the beginning of a shift in New Hampshire's population towards the over-65 population.  By then, residents 65 and older will account for nearly 20% of the state population, up from 13.5% in 2010" (from "What is New Hampshire? 2014 Edition," NH Center for Public Policy, Sept., 2014).

The AARP Foundation indicates that half of US workers are expected to take on caregiving roles in the next five years. This has significant implications for healthcare, caregiving, housing, public services, transportation, and education.  A distinguished group of speakers will address this trend, and what we need to be doing to manage what is already here.

Speakers include:
Nick Toumpas, Commissioner, NH Dept of Health & Human Services

Nancy Leamond, Executive Vice-President, AARP

Steve Norton, Director, NH Center for Public Policy

Dean Christon, Executive Director, NH Housing

Connie Roy-Czyzowski, Vice-President of Human Resources, Northeast Delta Dental

For more information, and to register, click here.  Registration for this breakfast meeting is $25.

NHIOP's Multimedia

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The NHIOP YouTube Series

The NHIOP hosts many politicians, pundits, journalists, and scholars throughout the academic year.  Many of these lectures and presentations are uploaded to YouTube for the public to view.  View NHIOP YouTube site.  Some of the featured videos are of the 2012 Presidential Primary.  Here is a recent video from the NHIOP, "Climate and the Economy."

Saint Anselm College's Photostream

The NHIOP hosts a large gallery of political photos on the NHIOP Flicker site. 

Audio Podcasts

Listen to various podcasts from past NHIOP events.Podcasts can be played on your computer, iPod, or other mp3 device. View a listing of the various Podcasts available.
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NHIOP's Political Library

The NHIOP's Political Library is nonpartisan and works to increase civic engagement in the democratic process by promoting and preserving New Hampshire's unique political traditions and ensuring these traditions are passed on to future generations.

New Hampshire Primary at NHIOP
Kennedy at St. Anselm

January 16, 1960

The New Hampshire Presidential
Primary and Saint Anselm College

Every four years, New Hampshire serves as a magnet to politicians and the media as the nation’s first presidential primary unfolds. The New Hampshire Institute of Politics and the college are center stage, hosting presidential hopefuls and providing a backdrop for American democracy in action.  Hundreds of Oval Office aspirants have delivered speeches, met with students, and participated in debates on campus. Learn more about the history of the New Hampshire Primary at the NHIOP.