Saturday, September 08, 2012

Past Convention Coverage

Had enough coverage of the 2012 political conventions?  Party nominating conventions have a long and colorful past in American politics--going back to 1831 and the first national convention, held by the short-lived Anti-Masonic Party.  The New York Times has put it all together in a retrospective page of highlights and slide shows from past Democratic and Republican conventions, enhanced by contemporary  articles from the Times covering 100 years of presidential nominations from 1896 to 1996.  Included are a photo essay on the tumultuous Democratic National Convention of 1968, convened amidst police-protester clashes in Chicago; accounts of Ronald Reagan's historic nomination in 1980, and vintage photos of candidates and delegates in earlier times of war, prosperity, financial crisis, and social change. 

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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