Parades, Protests and Politics


Why Chicago?

Chicagoans also had front-row seats for both the pivotal events that have shaped conventions and the surrounding excitement: from the open-air speeches and torchlight parades of Lincoln's era, to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's landmark convention acceptance speech, to the first nationally televised conventions in 1952 and the tumultuous demonstrations of 1968.

Both Republicans and Democrats favored Chicago as a convention site in the early to mid-1900s.. Franklin Roosevelt received the Democratic nomination there three times Republicans chose the city to nominate William Taft twice. (CHS)

Wide Awakes banner used in the presidential campaign of
Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

Wide Awakes' banner used in the
presidential campaign of Abraham
Lincoln in 1860. (CHS, 1973.181)

Hubert Humphrey souvenir fan from the 1968 Democratic Convention.

Hubert Humphrey souvenir fan from the 1968 Democratic Convention.
(CHS, ICHi-26282)


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