Interestingly, lots of “every opinion” were being heard back in 1920, too…but with serious legal repercussions. Eugene Debs was in prison for distributing anti-conscription material during WWI. The cases relating to him and other anti-WWI protestors being imprisoned simply for their words is where the spurious “You can’t shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater” reasoning came from: Schenck v. United States - Wikipedia [yes, Debs’s case was Debs v. U.S., but that was decided after Schenck] The guy who published material claiming Harding had a Black forebear also was under criminal proceedings, and he fled out of the country.
Lots of different personalities, and yes, some of the info wasn’t broadly known until many years later (such as Harding’s mistresses and illegitimate child.)
One interesting point of the book was how people got info in 1920 faster than just waiting for the next day’s newspapers.
Radio wasn’t widespread, amplified speech was used for the first time in that campaign, people got election returns by hanging out in various venues where results were transmitted via telegraph. Movie theaters/other venues had parties election night where they promised entertainment, plus regularly updated returns. People didn’t have to wait til the next morning to get the results.
Women were voting for the first time in many places, primaries were becoming more widespread (though the political machinery was still involved in the final pick of candidates… primaries weren’t the deciding factor in 1920). And yeah… Prohibition. BOOOOOO
Anyway, interesting book. The index for the ebook was worthless – they just ported the index over without any page numbers… or links or anything. It was just a list of words. What was the point?