20. Political Realignments in the 1890s. 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
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Political Realignments in the 1890s
The Election of 1884
farmers comprise nearly 50% of US in 1890, but are too diverse, dispersed and disorganized to be an effective political force.
overproduction, debt AND deflation combined!!!
Hundreds of thousands of farms were foreclosed and farmers became TENANTS(=sharecroppers)
Many of these become part of Progressive platforms
Why didn’t the Populists win in 1892?
Eastern workers are nervous about deflation.
Black voters fall victim to race politics in the South.