Betty Boop for President

This adorable 1932 video depicts Betty Boop running for president against “Mr. Nobody”.

The two candidates sing their campaign promises, which provides much fodder for class discussions on elections.

There is even a scene showing the two parties in Congress disagreeing about each issue raised.

The only cautionary moment is at about the 3 minute mark when the Republican elephant calls the Democratic donkey an “ass”. Depending on the maturity of your class this may not be appropriate, unless it discussed beforehand to place it in context.

For more resources on teaching about the 1930s check out our The Great Depression and the New Deal PowerPoint.

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  1. [...] bring politics down to a students level will make your job easier. One such way, as pointed out by Social Studies and History Teacher’s Blog is a cartoon. Children love cartoons so it is a way to hook them into the discussion. The video [...]

  2. [...] read on Social Studies and History Teacher’s Blog, but I spent some time thinking about the Betty Boop for President post. This 1932 cartoon making fun of the presidential election and the division between the two [...]


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