Chapter 8 - Chapter 8 Political Parties Electoral...

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Chapter 8 “Political Parties” Electoral Alignments and Realignments :points of transition between party systems in American history o When a new party becomes the dominant force due to a shift in party allegiances or electoral support Typically happens every 30 years Typically large number of voters switch parties Typically has a large amount of voter participation Party Systems in US History 1790’s: federalists vs Jeffersonian Republicans o New England Merchants who wanted tariffs vs. southerners who wanted free trade 1830’s: Whigs vs Jacksonian Democrats o Whigs didn’t agree on programs, they just disliked the Democrats who favored populism and the spoils system The Civil War and Post-Civil War Party System (1860s): Republicans vs. Democrats o Anti-slavery vs. pro-slavery 1896: Republicans vs Democrats o Northern businesses who wanted low taxes, high tariffs, and minimum govt. vs. southern planters and racial issues
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2011 for the course HISTORY 1101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Georgia State.

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Chapter 8 - Chapter 8 Political Parties Electoral...

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