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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  R. Craig Sautter  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction


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Illinois Connection

The author lives in Chicago and teaches at DePaul.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sauter is a writer, author, educator and poet. He has taught courses in philosophy, politics, history, literature, and creative writing at DePaul University's School for New Learning, and has been presented with several teaching awards. He has written and produced many TV and radio ads and speeches and has appeared on radio and television as a political commentator. Sautter is a past president of the Society of Midland Authors and resides in Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Expresslanes Through the Inevitable City
ISBN: 0913204269

December Pr. 1990

Book by Sautter, R. Craig

Inside the Wigwam: Chicago Presidential Conventions 1860-1996
ISBN: 0829409114

Loyola Pr. 1996

A timely history of national conventions held in Chicago from the Civil War era to the latest 1996 convention at the United Center, Inside the Wigwam: Chicago Presidential Conventions 1860-1996 captures their drama, their behind-the-scenes intrigue and negotiations, and their local color.
No American city has been the site of more national presidential nominating conventions than Chicago. Since Abraham Lincoln was nominated at the Wigwam in 1860, Chicago has hosted 25 national conventions. Authors R. Craig Sautter and Edward M. Burke describe the historical significance of each major convention and portray the often larger-than-life personalities who became - or wanted to become - president.
The conventions reflected the often troubled times, from William Jennings Bryan's electrifying "cross of gold" speech in 1896 to the street violence that erupted in 1968 during the height of the Vietnam War. Sautter and Burke highlight the issues that confronted the country, transcending superficial campaign slogans and partisan speechmaking to discover what really happened on the convention floor and behind the smoke-filled rooms.
Full of colorful anecdotes, the book also contains photographs of both candidates and nominees, "Facts-at-a-Glance" boxes highlighting important convention details, key political issues of each convention, statistics, and trivia. Engrossing and thoughtful, Inside the Wigwam is a book for and about our times, an exciting examination of the often raucous political tugs-of-war that determined the fate of the nation.

Wicked City Chicago: From Kenna to Capone
ISBN: 0913204315

December Pr. 1994

Book by Johnson, Curt, Sautter, R. Craig

Philadelphia Presidential Conventions (December, V. 41, No. 1/2,)
ISBN: 0913204374

December Pr. 2000

This historic exploration of Philadelphia's presidential nominating conventions illuminates the personalities, oratory, party platforms, and concerns behind the nine conventions that have been held there since 1848. It puts the upcoming 37th Republican National Convention in a broader historical context of traditions, procedures, candidates, and issues central to past conventions. The inside stories on the founding convention of 1856 that introduced Abraham Lincoln to the nation, the 1872 convention and the struggle to quell the Ku Klux Klan, and the 1900 Republican convention that brought Theodore Roosevelt to the stage are all revealed in this historical study of how the national nominating convention remains as one of the greatest expressions of democracy.

New York Presidential Conventions: The Pre-tv Era 1839-1924
ISBN: 0913204404

December Pr. 2004

Book by Sautter, R. Craig

26 Martyrs For These Latter Perilous Days
ISBN: 0913204382

December Pr. 2004

Book by Johnson, Curt, Sautter, R. Craig

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