After Wilson: The Struggle for the Democratic Party, 1920-1934

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THE POLITICS OF DESPAIR THE CAMPAIGN OF 1924

Few events in Democratic Party history during the 1920s have been as exhaustively analyzed as the convention that met at Madison Square Garden in 1924. This interest can be attributed not only to the sheer spectacle of the event itself--the 103 ballots, the two weeks of acrimony, and the portentous arrival of radio broadcasting to political events--but also to the convention's seemingly perfect encapsulation of the ethnocultural cleavages that historians have traditionally seen as the paramount factors determining the party's history during the decade. In the circuslike atmosphere of Madison Square Garden, this interpretation has it, Catholic fought Protestant, wets fought dries, and urbanites fought farmers in an embarrassingly public display of the fundamental

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