Songster promoting James Garfield for president and Chester Arthur for vice president, 1880. 8vo, 24 pp. Published by the Republican Congressional Committee, Washington. Cover features portraits of the candidates. Songs titles include: "Garfield and Arthur, the People's Choice"; "Jim Garfield of the West"; "The Garfield Yankee Doodle"; "While We are Voting for Garfield"; etc. Light stain below portraits and minor corner loss to back cover, not affecting printing; otherwise a clean and complete copy.
Music played a prominent role in presidential campaigns prior to the advent of radio and television. The campaign song book, or songster, is a distinctive relic of the era of marching clubs, which performed the tunes as they marched in torch-lit parades.