As a third party it had to do something more to gain enough votes towards success. In the presidential election of 1896, the Populists nominated William Jennings Bryan as the president, joining with the Democrats. However, it was their obsession with silver that prevented the Populists from expanding their political appeal, by building an urban-rural coalition. Their insistence on silver brought failure, because it prevented the voters from focusing on more important reforms, they were afraid that the silver coinage would lower their wages. In contrast, the Progressives started to influence all classes with their reforms.
Furthermore, McCarthy had also helped to defeat a number of liberal Democrats, including Adlai Stevenson and Harry S. Truman in the November 1952 Presidential elections with the help of the Republican party accusing Truman for being “soft” towards Communists. This is significant as even McCarthy had reached his downfall when he overreached his power with his investigation against officials in the U.S army, he had severely damaged the Democratic party as the Republican had gained substantial power due to his effort and even managed to gain congressional power in the November 1952 congressional elections and contributed to the victory of the 1952 presidential election. To conclude, the Cold War had hugely affected US politics towards the Soviet Union through prioritizing the containment of the spread of the Communism and while the fear of communist had create some consensus between the Republicans and Democrats towards the policy of containment under the influence of Domino theory, it had primarily polarised politics in a way that favours the Republicans by granting them victory in various general elections and congressional elections and eventually the presidential election in
The speeches, both were given around the same era, only three years apart. In the late nineteenth century, Americans began to feel dissatisfied with the negative impacts the technological boom made (“New Nationalism vs. New). Technology has been changing rapidly, and it altered the lives of many people, and some people believed that the society and the economy had a lot to catch up (“New Nationalism vs. New). Two presidents, Roosevelt and Wilson both gave a persuasive speech trying to make a change during the Progressive Movement (B&N). They both agree that the current laws were not doing well in controlling the big businesses and that changes need to be made immediately
Class divisions were growing at an alarming rate” (Reynolds “Politics and Poetry: Leaves of Grass and the Social Crisis of the I850s” 67). The collapse of the party system, one of the major events in American political history, happened in the early 1850s. Disagreements over slavery broke up the Whig Party in 1854; Whitman's Democratic Party became was in no better situation. “The party crisis aroused Whitman's wrath against the governmental authority figures he had once revered. The presidencies of Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan eroded his confidence in the executive office” (66).
As America entered the Gilded Age, its urban population grew, nativists resisted minorities, government corruption was rampant, and immigrant populations increased substantially (Shi and Tindall 626-644). Government corruption was exemplified by the patronage system, under which loyal supporters of politicians were given government jobs (Shi and Tindall 641). Most of the immigrants from this period were from southern and eastern European countries, such as Russia, Poland, Greece, and Italy, and were judged as inferior by many Americans because of their cultural differences (Shi and Tindall 630). Immigrants also caused tension during WWI because of their lingering loyalties to nations on either side of the conflict (Chapter 21 Overview). A combination of factors, including manifest destiny and a need for raw materials and naval bases, eventually prompted the U.S. to adopt the practice of imperialism (Shi and Tindall 666).
This once again serves to send a pro-silver message because it tells readers that Americans, especially farmers and factory workers, would be able to reach any of their goals and become successful if they utilized a bimetallic currency. Just as the silver shoes had magical powers, populists believed that the inflationary monetization of silver would magically solve all of their economic problems. Similar to the Free Silver Movement, its opponent the Gold Standard was also symbolized, although in a more negative way in the
Social Changes That Gave Rise to Mass Democracy The social changes that occurred during 1830 and 1840 gave rise to notable processes, such as mass democracy. Mass democracy can be defined as society taking control of voting and choosing presidents to their liking; instead of having the legislature vote based on their own interests, voting was based on the people’s benefits. This process was significantly influenced by the males in power. These social changes that occurred during the period of 1820 and 1840 were the Jacksonian Democracy created by Andrew Jackson, the American System developed by Henry Clay, and the presidency of William H. Harrison. Andrew Jackson started off his political career as the national hero because of the Battle of New Orleans.
Roosevelt New Deal. FDR has been one of the most valued and despised president in the history of the United States. One of the major cons of President Roosevelt New Deal, was in 1937, he instructed the government to spend less money because of the budget and the increasing inflation. Unfortunately, his actions created a downward spiral, and in three months, the country’s employment rate increased dramatically by two million. Another con of the New Deal, was that President Roosevelt did not do a whole lot of the African American people.
The Nazi used the Great Depression as the boost to gain support from the Germans. Due to America’s depression, Germany was put into a dire state as unemployment increased, thus resulted in the Nazi gaining votes during the 1933 election. The depression caused desperation within the people that made them feel that the Weimar Republic could not look after them or the country’s financial problems. Hitler made promises to get rid of the unemployment rate, thus gaining the support of the public. Although the Great Depression was a key factor to Hitler’s rise to power but there were other causes: the German’s were looking for a saviour and Hitler happened to be that person; Hitler also played on the German’s fear factor of Communism and Communist which led him to get votes from the middle to higher class citizens by the burning of the Reichstag.
The Republican Party, also known as the Grand Old Party or GOP, is one of two major political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. TheRepublican Party’s origins date to the mid-nineteenth century amid the divisive national debate over slavery; specifically, the Republican Party was started in the Midwest by a group of political figures who opposed the expansion of slavery into newly acquired territories that had been granted statehood. Since the 1850s, the Republican Party has expanded its political influence nationwide. Numerous Republicans have been elected president of the United States, and the party has been successful in state and local politics from coast to coast. At the presidential level, Republicans had
Congress would grant Roosevelt sweeping powers to regulate banking. The week following this, most American banks would resume operations but this whole motion would not settle well with Huey furthering their rivalry. This was in response to the Great Depression growing worse. Huey would respond by stating that there needed to be a 100% tax on the rich (Bondi, Page 93-117). Huey kept getting high appraisal for his ideas and he was a huge fan of John L. Lewis and claimed that he was the Huey Long of Labor which would help him gain greater popularity among the labor unions (Bondi, Page 133).
The Great Depression precipitated a political and social revolution that polarized both, the nation and the two political parties. The stock market crash shocked the country and there was no economic program to limit the transpiring economic hardships. While the Democratic party called for governmental intervention as President Hoover and the Republican party maintained their position of resistance (198). The congressional leadership of the Democratic party managed to create a relief program and headed towards progressive leadership with Franklin D. Roosevelt as its front runner for the presidential nomination, ultimately winning the presidency by a landslide. Following hypothetical scenario 2, this realignment occurred through the two existing parties (214).
This section was centered around the gilded age. This age was most notable for its corruption and inactivity in the government. Questions of whether democracy could succeed in a time that was dominated by wealthy men and powerful industrial corporations that would bribe people for the betterment of themselves. These corporations caused a lot of people to want political and economic reform. Political parties were so evenly divided during this time that no laws were able to be passed.
The Pendleton act influenced the Corporations, the name for it was the Pennsylvania Idea. In the late 1800s’ senators, mainly republicans senators, the republicans that wanted to become president. For example William McKinley raised money by going directly to the corporations and ask them if you give me the money and past a favorable legislation or vise versa stop negative legislation, whatever it is in order for you to wrake in the big dollars. Teddy Roosevelt disagreed on what president William McKinley did after his assassination, Roosevelt made it his mission to regulate as well as making it completely fair in competition system in Capitalism. Teddy Roosevelt believed that money in politics was a negative influence in campaigns.
This example of camaraderie between the British and the poor Virginians establishes the farmers’ stance on independence; despite the troubles they have had with the economy, the poor farmers are so bad off that they would rather turn to Britain (home of the Parliament that imposed sanctions negatively affecting the economy) for aide in lowering the duty on slaves. (Holton,