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
Eastern workers are nervous about deflation.
Black voters fall victim to race politics in the South.