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The very first presidential debate
Sep. 26, 2012
In a Chicago TV studio, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon square off in a historic first: a debate between presidential candidates.
Can one speech make a President?
Sep. 5, 2012
A dynamic, youing William Jennings Bryan rouses his party to battle with the Cross of Gold Speech.
At the '32 DNC, FDR and a 'New Deal'
Sep. 4, 2012
A presidential candidate flies to Chicago to accept his party's nomination — and promises bold action to fight the Depression.
To be president, it's all about character
Aug. 30, 2012
The most important factor in effective leadership is character. This is even more true when considering the Office of the Presidency.
Chicago's first convention: And the nominee is... Lincoln
Aug. 29, 2012
In 1860 the Republican Party was a new, dynamic, anti-slavery party. That year, Illinois's favorite son was nominated for President of the United States, and Chicago-style politics were born.
The original 'smoke-filled room'
Aug. 27, 2012
How party leaders picked the next President of the United States — in a suite at the Blackstone Hotel.
How did America get so politically polarized? E.J. Dionne says to blame the founders.
Aug. 25, 2012
The Washington Post’s
left-leaning columnist E.J. Dionne says America’s division into liberal and conservative factions dates back to our very founding.
Bull Moose Party stampedes in Chicago
Aug. 6, 2012
Before an ecstatic crowd of 15,000 people at the Chicago Coliseum, Col. Theodore Roosevelt declared himself a candidate for President of the United States — 100 years ago today.
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