Prelude

Prelude

Alan Brinkley

A century of political tradition was shattered in July 1932. Until Franklin Delano Roosevelt stood before his party's dele- gates that year in Chicago, no Democratic nominee had ever addressed a national convention. By custom, the candidate had remained at home for the duration, feigning surprise and delight when party officials called upon him several weeks later to "notify" him of his victory. Roosevelt had no patience with such niceties. He flew to Chicago, walked into the sweltering...

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