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          For almost two centuries, Americans have relied upon political conventions to provide the nation with choices for new leadership.  The upcoming 2016 presidential nominating conventions of the Republican and Democratic parties will continue this American political tradition.  The Republicans will meet in Cleveland beginning July 18, 2016, and the Democrats in Philadelphia a week later, on July 25, 2016.  Two books by Stan M. Haynes explore the history of these quintessentially American political spectacles.

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The First American Political Conventions:
Transforming Presidential Nominations, 1832-1872

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President-Making in the Gilded Age:
The Nominating Conventions of 1876-1900

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