Remembering the 1908 Democratic Convention

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A lot has changed since Denver last hosted the Democratic Convention. In 1908, it was unusual to see paved streets. In 2008, many delegates will fly in and may take light rail once they're here. In 1908, delegates were entertained by Apache war dances and a prosperous red-light district along Market Street. In 2008, they may visit the new titanium-clad art museum. For more on that first convention, we turn to Michael Kazin. He teaches history at Georgetown University and wrote a biography of the 1908 Democratic nominee, William Jennings Bryan. Kazin talks to Dan Meyers.