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The Children's Crusade

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10/20/2016

The Children's Crusade: How Patrick Leahy's 1974 election changed modern campaigns in Vermont.  

Phil Baruth focuses on Patrick Leahy's stunning underdog election to the Senate in 1974. It is a story that no one has told in any real detail, but it is in essence the story of Vermont's entry into the postmodern campaign era. Leahy prevails - in spite of the damning facts of being very young, very Catholic, and worst of all, a committed Democrat - because he and his team adopt a ground-breaking approach to media: Leahy's battered sedan becomes an ersatz production studio, capable of producing radio, print, and documentary film, whether stopped or in motion on Vermont's solitary country roads. The campaign illustrates the deft approach to a postmodern media that has defined Leahy's 40+ years in the U.S. Senate. 

Sam B. Hand Memorial Lecture. Samuel B. Hand was a universal scholar, a historian, political scientist a founding member of the Center for Research on Vermont and former Director of the Vermont Historical Society. This is the first in an annual lecture series given in his honor. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Vermont and the Vermont Historical Society

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