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David Douglas Duncan


Self-Portrait: U.S.A.
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View of a large conference room where delegates, two rows deep, ring the entire room, and additional members sit at tables in the middle of the room.

"Even before the Democratic National Convention was gavelled into its first day's session, an historic fight had begun on an unlikely battlefield--the floor of the International Ballroom in the Conrad Hilton Hotel. For five pre-convention days, brash newcomers among the party's southern ranks--mostly Negroes--fought for seats with their state's delegations, and recognition by the omnipotent Convention Credentials Committee. [August 1968.]" Self-Portrait: U.S.A., pp. 126-127.