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Primary Election Political Parties Election Day Voting Election of the President Candidates National Conventions National Conventions - An Inside View Candidates at the Convention The Campaign Polling Places The Electoral College The Electoral Map The Inauguration

 
National Conventions - An Inside View

Electing the President
by Barbara Silberdick Jane Feinberg, Jeanne Vestal (Editor)

Inside the Wigwam : Chicago Presidential Conventions 1860-1996
by R. Craig Sautter, Edward M. Burke (With) , Richard M. Daley (Foreword by)

Official Proceedings of the National Democratic Convention, Held at Baltimore, July 9, 1872
by Anonymous

Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, Held at Baltimore, June 1-5, 1852, for the Nomination of Candidates for President and Vice President
by National Democratic National Committee

No One Was Killed : The Democratic National Convention, August 1968
by John Schultz, Todd Gitlin

The Cross of Gold : Speech Delivered Before the National Democratic Convention at Chicago, July 9, 1896
by William Jennings Bryan

Battleground Chicago : The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention
by Frank Kusch

Passion and Preferences : William Jennings Bryan and the 1896 Democratic National Convention
by Richard Franklin Bensel

Democratic National Convention 2008 : Obama's Mile High Moment
by Denver Post

Presidential Election, 1868. Proceedings of the National Union Republican Convention, Held at Chicago, May 20 and 21, 1868.
by Burnham and Bartlett Rep Ely

Visions For America : Selected Speeches From The Republican National Convention 2004
by W. Bruce Kopper, Republican National Convention

A History of the Republican National Conventions : From 1856 to 1908 (1910)
by John Tweedy

Official Proceedings of the Twelfth Republican National Convention, Held in Philadelphia, June, 1900 : Resulting in the Renomination of William McKinley
by Milton W. Blumenberg

Addresses at the Republican National Convention, 1904
by Henry Kanegsberg

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In 1948, CBS first televised both party conventions. Since there were fewer than half a million TV sets in the United States at that time, coverage was limited to the Northeast region.

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Why do Democratic National Convention planners see music as a kind of audio plank in the party platform? What types of music is played? Why do they use a diverse range of music? Why might it be important for the Democratic planners to know the political affiliation of the artists whose songs are used?

Name a few songs that you think could bring tears to someone's eyes or cause someone to jump up and applaud. Which emotions are aroused by the musical selections chosen? Do you think that the types of music selected for the convention are a statement of how inclusive the party is of different ethnic backgrounds and cultures? Why or why not? Do you think that the ages and backgrounds of U.S. voters are included in these selections? Which selections or types of music would you add or remove?

Research Democratic and Republican Web sites to get ideas about the parties' political platforms. Find out the focus of the parties' platforms.

Find the lyrics to a song performed live at a past Democratic or Republican convention. Rewrite the song to reflect either the Democratic or Republican political positions at that time.

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