Political Realignments in the 1890s




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America Past and Present Ninth Edition Chapter 20 Political Realignments in the 1890s America Past and Present Ninth Edition Divine Breen Frederickson Williams Gross Brands Copyright 2011 2007 2006 by Pearson Education Inc All rights reserved Politics of Stalemate Politics was a major fascination of the late nineteenth century seen as entertainment Political ideology did not determine vote White males made up bulk of electorate Women allowed to vote in national elections only in Wyoming Utah Idaho Colorado Black men denied vote by poll tax literacy tests grandfather clause could vote if grandfather eligible to vote America Past and Present Ninth Edition Divine Breen Frederickson Williams Gross Brands Copyright 2011 2007 2006 by Pearson Education Inc All rights reserved The Party Deadlock Post Civil War Democratic party divides electorate almost evenly with Republicans Democrats emphasize state s rights and limited government Republicans see government as agent to promote moral progress and material wealth protective tariffs civil rights subsidies to railroads America Past and Present Ninth Edition Divine Breen Frederickson Williams Gross Brands Copyright 2011 2007 2006 by Pearson Education Inc All rights reserved The Party Deadlock One party control of both Congress and White House rare Each party has safe states control of federal government rests with 6 doubtful states in North and Midwest Federal influence wanes state control rises People look to States to solve problems America Past and Present Ninth Edition Divine Breen Frederickson Williams Gross Brands Copyright 2011 2007 2006 by Pearson Education Inc All rights reserved Experiments in the States Early state commissions established to investigate regulate railroads Advisory in nature Munn v Illinois 1877 upholds constitutionality of state investigations America Past and Present Ninth Edition Divine Breen Frederickson Williams Gross Brands Copyright 2011 2007 2006 by Pearson Education Inc All rights reserved






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