Charlotte and Tampa! Are your bags packed yet? Yes, it's April and the conventions are still a few months away. But it's never too early to start your summer reading -- especially if you're history nerds like your TDR team and can't wait for these political bigwig shindigs.
So here's a little background reading about these great cities…
Did you know that Charlotte was home to the nation's first gold rush? Find out more here.
Did you know that Tampa was the main hub for U.S. troops headed to Cuba during the Spanish-American War?
And while we're at it, Poynter has a great page full of convention history and coverage.