11 - 9/19/11 Politics of Stalemate, 1874-1894 Mediocrity of...

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9/19/11 Politics of Stalemate, 1874-1894 Mediocrity of late 19 th C. Presidents 3 of 5 Presidents are Republicans o 2 of the elected got fewer popular votes than the opponent o Cleveland only Democratic President o No president got over 50% of popular vote o NY was the deciding state in the election State Level o 48.9% Democrats Elected Equally close to the National Elections High Electoral Excitement vs. Low Electoral Content High turnout rate 80%, 85% excluding the South (intimidation of blacks) High party identification (straight ticket ballot) o Politics as a spectator sport, bragging rights Pure Battle for Patronage, Spoils? Merit based appointments in Politics o Avoids inexperienced cabinet when house changes hands o Civil Services Exam Comparisons with Contemporary Politics, Parties: Republicans in the 19 th Century - Government involvement o Railroad subsidies, national banking, Homestead Act Democrats in the 19 th Century – Lasaize Faire Currently the Opposite is True
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course HIST 106 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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11 - 9/19/11 Politics of Stalemate, 1874-1894 Mediocrity of...

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