Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs" often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections.
Charles Dickens’ career had hit its lowest point by eighteen-forty-three. He received scant praise for a string of lackluster works that followed the great success of his early novels. Then Dickens revived his stature and the holiday season itself with a tale about ghosts, a man who uttered ‘bah humbug,’ and a tiny boy named Tim. The story behind “A Christmas Carol”
- Les Standiford Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami.
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