RNC 101

The Tampa Tribune is reporting that incoming UT freshmen will be required to take a class on political conventions to take advantage of the civic education possibilities of having the Republican National Convention only a few blocks away.

“RNC 101 will teach convention history stretching back to the first convention. It will explain delegate selection and convey to students how the nominating process for presidential candidates has transformed.

“It will discuss demonstrations, civil disobedience, security issues and the security challenges prior conventions faced.”

Here’s some convention trivia for you. The first “third party” introduced innovations like nominating conventions and the adoption of party platforms. What was the name of this third party? (Follow this link for the answer.)


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