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The Golden Age of Parties. September 29, 2011. American “Party Systems”. 1 st 1790s-1824 Federalists vs. Dem-Reps 2 nd 1824-1860 Democrats vs. Whigs 3 rd 1860-1896 Democrats vs. Republicans Sectional coalitions The 2-party system Rise of “machine politics” and “party bosses”

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the golden age of parties

The Golden Age of Parties

September 29, 2011

american party systems
American “Party Systems”
  • 1st 1790s-1824 Federalists vs. Dem-Reps
  • 2nd 1824-1860 Democrats vs. Whigs
  • 3rd 1860-1896 Democrats vs. Republicans
    • Sectional coalitions
    • The 2-party system
    • Rise of “machine politics” and “party bosses”
    • “Golden Age of Parties”
  • 4th 1896-1932 Democrats vs. Republicans
  • 5th1932-1964/8 Democrats vs. Republicans
  • 6th 1968-now Democrats vs. Republicans
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The Golden Age of Parties
  • Roughly 1868-1900
  • POs were more influential than any other time
  • PIGs were extraordinarily united
  • PIEs were extraordinarily vibrant
  • Parties were “to the organs of government almost what the motor nerves are to the muscles, sinews, and bones of the human body”(James Bryce, The American Commonwealth, 1888)
richard franklin bensel the american ballot box in the mid nineteenth century
Richard Franklin Bensel, The American Ballot Box in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
  • Contested congressional election hearing transcripts
  • What was the voting experience like during the Golden Age of Parties?
  • What were the implications for American political participation and democracy?
think about this
Think about this:
  • What were the “weird and wonderful” voting practices during the Golden Age of parties?
  • How do they contrast to voting practices today?
  • How were parties implicated in the mid-19th century practices?
  • Were we better off then or now?