Election 2016

Review: ‘American Experience’ Traces President Garfield’s Assassination

nytimes.comThe description of the 1880 Republican convention in Tuesday night’s “American Experience” on PBS sure sounds like a possible future for both major parties as they choose their 2016 presidential candidates.

The delegates were about evenly divided between Senator James G. Blaine and the former president, Ulysses S. Grant. The two sides held significantly different visions and were not much interested in compromise or unification. But a third guy who wasn’t a candidate gave a speech and changed everything.

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