Political Conventions: Full of Sound and Fury but Signifying What?
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:
- Albert M. Greenfield Papers: Greenfield was a Philadelphia businessman who was instrumental in bringing both party conventions to Philadelphia in 1948
- Philadelphia Record Photo Morgue
- Politics: 1960: A Guide to the Convention and Campaigns
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About the Author
That's History was a biweekly radio segment co-produced by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and WHYY featuring historian Jonathan Zimmerman that aired from 2011 to 2012. That’s History took an event, issue or person in the news, and looked back into history for echoes, parallels, roots and lessons.