The Democratic Party of the United States was founded in 1792, when Thomas Jefferson formed The Party of the Common Man as a congressional caucus to fight for the Bill of Rights and as a counterweight to the existing Federalist Party. In 1798 the caucus was officially named the Democratic-Federalist Party, though this was simplified to Democratic in 1844. Jefferson was elected the first Democratic President of the United States in 1800. In the early 19th century, Andrew Jackson founded the party convention process and in 1832 the Democrats held their first National Convention. In 1848 the Democratic National Committee was founded to promote the Party's cause between conventions. Subsequent Democratic Presidents have included Andrew Jackson in the 19th century, and Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, J.F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton 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.
Democratic National Convention material, 1996, from Chicago '96, including media pack, press passes, newsletter, volunteer training materials, visitors' guides and souvenirs.
The papers were donated to the library by Ms. Phyllis Pavese on 29th November 1996, in response to an appeal in the Newsletter of the American Friends of the Bodleian.Access Conditions
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Democratic Party (U.S.) | History | 20th century
Democratic Party (U.S.). National Convention (1996: Chicago)
Political parties | United States | History | 20th century