That's History

Political Conventions: Full of Sound and Fury but Signifying What?

Tuesday, 8/28/12

As it draws closer to the presidential election, the spotlight focuses on the political convention. Each multi-day, multimillion-dollar convention produces a candidate for president. The nomination is merely a formality, as the candidate is identified months in advance. In the early to mid-20th century, the party's nominee was not as clear because not every state had primary elections and there were no superdelegates.

In this edition of That's History, Jonathan Zimmerman examines the significance of the political convention in current society. The Historical Society's collections contain a number of resources from the political conventions. Suggested reading:

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