“”A New America,” Acceptance Address at the Democratic National Convention,” a machine-readable edition
Stevenson, Adlai E. (1900-1965)

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Timothy Barney, editor


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Stevenson, Adlai. “Acceptance Address at the 1956 Democratic National Convention.”
Democratic National Convention. NBC Radio Collection, Broadcast August 17, 1956. Library of Congress RWC 6647 A1-B1, sound reel. [=A]

Stevenson, Adlai. “Address of the Honorable Adlai E. Stevenson Accepting the Nomination for
the Presidency of the United States.” Official Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention 1956. Democratic National Committee (Richmond, VA: Beacon Press, Inc, 1956), 504-11. [=B]

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The following are the textual notes provided by the editor. The location of these notes are indicated by paragraph number and the preceding few words.
1 Mr. Chairman B: Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman A
8 so movingly B: so movingly movingly A
10 has known for a generation B: has known for a generation for a generation A
20 I mean B: I mean, I mean A
22 These are the B: These, these are the A
30 The men who run B: The men who, the men who run A
31 We Democrats B: But, but we Democrats A
32 But let us ask the B: Let us, let us however ask the A
42 30 million Americans live today in B: 30 million Americans live today, 30 million live today in A
46 The truth is not B: The truth is that, the truth is not A
47 good enough. Our country is stalled B: good enough and the country is, our country is stalled A
53 the old, terrible B: the old, the terrible A
56 With leadership B: With, with leadership A
57 where the doors B: when the doors, where the doors of A
57 We can make this a B: We can make this, we can make this a A
59 in barely B: in a, in barely A
60 servitude along B: servitude and along A
63 aspirations so diminish B: aspirations so this diminish A
66 If B: If, if A

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Classification

17 August 1956
Chicago, Illinois
Democratic National Convention


Political Conventions, Democratic National Conventions


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