Unformatted text preview: 1. Post-World War 2 Politics Democrats The Democrats maintain what by this
time had become their “traditional"
power base of organized labor, urban , voters, and immigrants. 2. in the 1952 election, the Democrats run Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson, a
candidate favored by "liberals" and
intellectuals. 3. As the post—World War 2 period progresses, the Democratic Party takes
"big government" positions advocating
larger roles for the federal government
in, regulating business and by the 19605
advocate extensive governmental. '
involvement in social issues like
education, urban renewal, and other ,
social issues. The Democratic Party very early
associates itself with the growing civil
rights movements and will champion
the Civil Rights Act and the Voting
Rights Act. 2. 3. Republicans in 1952, the pro-business Republican
Party ran General Dwight D. Eisenhower for president.
The Republicans accuse the Democrats of being "soft" on- communism.
Republicans promise to end the Korean 4. Conservative Southern Democrats, the "Dixiecrats," increasingly associate
themselves with Republican candidates
who oppose civil rights legislation. Nixon's New Federalism Democrats 1. The Democratic Party by the late 19605 is deeply fragmented and seemingly
incapable of dealing with the violence
and turmoil, social and political, caused
by the Vietnam War. In 1968, the Democratic Party
candidate is Vice President Hubert
Humphrey. in the post-Vietnam War period,
Democrats advocate a range of “liberal"
social issues including this extension of
civil rights, support for "reproductive
rights" (Le. birth control and abortion
rights), fair housing legislation, etc. 1. Republicans Opposition to the War in Vietnam and
to growing federal social programs ‘
"converts" southern Democrats to vote
Republican in increasing numbers.
Republicans run former Vice President
Richard Nixon for president in 1968. He
runs on a small-government, anti-war
campaign as a defender of the "silent .
majority." Nixon advocated a policy of cutting
back Federal power and returning that
power to the states. This was known as
the "New Federalism.” ...
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