The GOP gathered in Tampa this week to nominate their candidate for the Republican Party ticket in the 2012 presidential election, and the Democrats await their turn in Charlotte, N.C., next week. The mad theater of campaigns, protests, rallies, and conventions that is our modern political process is not a recent phenomenon. In fact, going back through decades of photographs,
it’s clear that candidates on the stump relied on many of the same strategies. Supporters and
opponents vied in surging crowds, and passions flamed then as now.
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