Ch_20_Lecture - Key Questions: What characterized the...

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Key Questions: What characterized the exuberant partisan politics and the close balance between parties in the late 19th century? Why was the weak federal government unable to address the problems of America’s industrializing economy? Why was there pressure for civil service reform? What was the tariff issue? What characterized monetary policy and the call for free silver? What characterized agricultural protest and the emergence of the Populist party?
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The Structure and Style of Politics Campaigns and elections The public enthusiastically participated in political campaigns and elections. Campaign pageantry enthralled large and small communities. Virtually all men participated in politics including immigrants and African Americans. Political parties mobilized the huge electorate through detailed records, ensuring registrations, and transporting voters to the polls. The election process was open and partisan but not necessarily corrupt.
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The Structure and Style of Politics, cont’d. Partisan politics Democrats and Republicans enjoyed an almost even balance of support which made them work hard to get out the vote. Party affiliation was determined by a mix of regional, ethnic, religious, and local factors. Republicans were strongest in the North and Midwest, Democrats in the South and urban Northeast. Republicans were identified with nationalism and national unity, while Democrats favored limited government and personal liberties. There was little room for third parties that typically focused on specific issues or groups. Map: The Two-Party Stalemate of the Late Nineteenth Century p. 580
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The Structure and Style of Politics, cont’d. Associational politics
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