Major Party Platforms 1924–1928

Archive Report

A new method of formulating national political platforms, to make them clear, definite and unequivocal declarations of party policy, was recommended by Governor Smith of New York, January 12, to the Democratic party in his letter to its Jackson Day dinner. He proposed that a tentative draft of the 1928 platform be made “at the earliest possible moment” by the Democratic National Committee, to provide a basis for the action of the national convention in June.

I believe we have erred in the past,” he said, “by waiting for the national convention to undertake the entire task of preparing a platform. In the heat and rush of a convention the platform when finally written is… not sufficiently understandable to the masses of the people. There ...

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