For almost two centuries, Americans have relied upon political conventions to provide the nation with choices for new leadership. The 2016 conventions, held by the Republicans in Cleveland and by the Democrats in Philadelphia, continued this American political tradition. Two books by Stan M. Haynes explore the history of these quintessentially American political spectacles. Mr. Haynes and his books have been featured in TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker, YAHOO News, Politico, Retro report, Baltimore Sun, and other media outlets.
The First American Political Conventions:
Transforming Presidential Nominations, 1832-1872
President-Making in the Gilded Age:
The Nominating Conventions of 1876-1900