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From Red State to Blue State: Vermont’s Political Transformation

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April 5, 2023: 7:00 pm

For 100 years—from the 1850s to the 1950s—Vermont was the most Republican state in the nation. But today it is the most Democratic. Journalist Chris Graff considers some factors behind the switch from “red to blue,” including interstate highways, the arrival of IBM in Vermont, and the reapportionment of the Vermont House.

This event will be live-streamed on this page, in addition to being presented in-person at the Goodrich Memorial Library.

About Chris Graff

Chris Graff is the author of Dateline Vermont, which chronicles Vermont’s political history from the 1960s through the 2000s. He worked for The Associated Press for 28 years and hosted Vermont Public Television’s “Vermont This Week” from 1992 through 2006. He has interviewed nine former Vermont governors for the public television series, “The Governors,” telling the story of Vermont from 1959 through 2011.

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April 5, 2023
7:00 pm
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Goodrich Memorial Library
202 Main St
Newport, VT 05855 United States
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