The Ritual fifty years ago.

Pressing The Flesh And Big-Big Promises – August 26, 1964

The Ritual fifty years ago.

The Ritual fifty years ago.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – 1964 Democratic Convention (excerpt) – August 26, 1964 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

On this day fifty years ago, the Democratic Convention was in the midst of nominating a running mate for Lyndon Johnson. The name Hubert Humphrey was bandied about, and even though Johnson made his choice known, the nomination and seconding process kept the suspense rolling for all of this August 26th and into the small hours of the 27th.

As an excerpt, to give you a flavor of the Convention and the drama, elation and politics going on at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City during one particular day in August of 1964, here is coverage via CBS News, starting with Senator Eugene McCarthy‘s nominating speech for colleague Hubert Humphrey.

Fifty years ago it was a bit different.

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