Papers of Phyllis Pavese

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Democratic National Convention material, 1996, from Chicago'96, including media pack, press passes, newsletter, volunteertraining materials, visitors' guides and souvenirs.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Democratic Party of the United States was founded in 1792, when ThomasJefferson formed The Party of the Common Man asa congressional caucus to fight for the Bill of Rights and as a counterweight tothe existing Federalist Party. In 1798 the caucus was officially named theDemocratic-Federalist Party, though this wassimplified to Democratic in 1844. Jefferson waselected the first Democratic President of the United States in 1800. In the early19th century, Andrew Jackson founded the party convention process and in 1832the Democrats held their first National Convention. In 1848 the DemocraticNational Committee was founded to promote the Party's cause between conventions.Subsequent Democratic Presidents have included Andrew Jackson in the 19thcentury, and Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, J.F. Kennedy and BillClinton in the 20th century.

The Democratic Convention was held in Chicago in August 1996. On 29th August, in the United Center, President Clinton accepted his party's re-nomination as leader.

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