Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter Abstracts

Introduction, December & January

* Thompson discusses himself and his drug use.

* The authors explains the basic components of a political campaign, including the schematics of the voting demographics.

* The youth and African-American votes are considered important ones to secure.

Chapter 2, January, February, into March

* Thompson discusses his extreme awkwardness at not fitting in with the politicians and journalists.

* The author admits to being fond of Gene McCarthy.

* Thompson discusses his reputation for being a rebel, but how he is somewhat accepted by the upper classes.

* Journalists who do not respect Thompson's work tend to look down on him.

Chapter 3, February & March

* Senator McCarthy has a meet-and-greet with some constituents from a factory, setting the tone for the campaign trail ahead.

* The murdered Kennedys (John and Robert) dampen the excitement around the Democratic party.

* The party members debate the wisdom of obtaining Ted Kennedy in order to secure the African-American...

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