Lect. 8-1 - 19th Century Politics & Populism Describe...

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19th Century Politics Describe the nature of late 19 th century politics. How did the populist Party challenge the existing political system in the 1890s? What did Populists want and what was their impact on American politics? 1. Paradoxical Political System a. Strong, Stable Parties b. Weak National Government i. Everybody showed up to vote for the president, but once he was elected, he didn’t really do much. c. Average voter turnout ~ 70% i. Mostly just voted based on party loyalty “if your daddy was a Rep, you were a Rep. etc. ..” 2. Party System a. Stability i. ii. Swing States 1. b. Elections i. Mostly even, with just the two swing states being important ii. House tends to be Dems, Senate = Rep. c. Party Loyalty 3. National Government a. Federal Government Responsibilities i. Delivering Mail (Biggest job) ii. Maintaining national military iii. Conducting foreign policy (though we were isolationist) iv. v. (Civil War Pension) later b. Presidents & Patronage/Spoils system (Presidents that nobody really cares about; basically just figureheads in the white house chair)
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