Political Attack Ads in the Age of Thomas Jefferson

By Eleanor Barkhorn

This year's political campaigns have featured some memorable attack ads. There's "Forgotten Crimes," which stars a prostitute a Louisiana senator allegedly hired during his time in Congress. And California senate candidate Carly Fiorina's "Demonic Sheep" ad, where she accuses her opponent of being a wolf in sheep's clothing.

But according to Reason magazine, campaigns were even nastier in the 19th century. The publication put together this attack ad, using real "statements made by, for, and against the nation's founders":

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