A Party Like No Other: America's First Conventions

A Party Like No Other: America's First Conventions

Political conventions haven't always been predictable, carefully choreographed parties. Starting with the first convention in 1831, these gatherings were rife with fighting, intrigue, nail-biting votes and even murder. We talk to a...

Political conventions haven't always been predictable, carefully choreographed parties. Starting with the first convention in 1831, these gatherings were rife with fighting, intrigue, nail-biting votes and even murder. We talk to a convention historian about the wheeling and dirty dealing that went on at our country’s first political conventions, and explore some of the raucous events that changed history.

Guests

Stan M. Haynes

Author, "The First American Political Conventions: Transforming Presidential Nominations, 1832-1872 (McFarland & Co, Jefferson, NC); Attorney, Semmes, Bowen & Semmes

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