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Smithsonian curators collect campaign material like these tall state standards used at the 2016 GOP convention. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

How Smithsonian curators scavenge political conventions to explain the present to the future and save everything from hats to buttons to umbrellas to soap

Curators from the Smithsonian will be at the GOP convention collecting items from buttons to banners. Their goal: to add objects to the museum’s collection that will ‘make sense of our moment.’
An editorial cartoon from 1900 shows the Populist Party swallowing the Democratic Party. J.S. Pughe/Buyenlarge/Getty Images

US third parties can rein in the extremism of the two-party system

The most successful third parties in US politics don’t typically rise to dominance, but instead challenge the major parties enough to force a course correction.

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