The New Hampshire primary has its own history. Here are some terrific resources to share with your students to put the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary into historical perspective.
This video (5:36) describes the history of the primary, from when it started in 1916, through 1952 (beginning of the "beauty pageant" election), to the present, and how and why it asserted its first-in-the-nation place on the electoral calendar.
This short essay lists the five biggest moments in New Hampshire primary history:
- 1952: Truman loses to Kefauver, which forces Truman to drop his re-election bid. Eisenhower, a candidate for just one month, defeats Taft.
- 1968: McCarthy's strong challenge to LBJ forces Johnson to drop his re-election bid.
- 1984: A surging Gary Hart defeats a heavily-favored Vice President Walter Mondale.
- 1992: Clinton survives disclosure of his infidelities and casts a second-place finish as a moral victory.
- 2008: Hillary Clinton stops (temporarily) Barack Obama's momentum after his surprise victory in the Iowa caucus.