THE NATION: A Great Shake-Up

By rights, it was time for one great national yawn. The big eye of television was dull and glazed after keeping the U.S. up late through two political conventions. The last balloon had drifted to the floor of convention hall, the last "never before" was but an echo, and the last "man who" sagged into contemplation. But the U.S. was wide-awake. The conventions of 1960 had shaken up the country.

Amid the oompah and the hoopla that made for good box office, both major parties had reached down deep to their roots to explain themselves. By challenging the past and the...

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