By Jeffrey M. Stonecash
Our pix of citizens, their courting to events, and the habit of elected occasion contributors have replaced considerably in the final 10 to fifteen years. Characterizations of dealignment and lowered value of events were quite swiftly changed by means of a spotlight on get together polarization. citizens have gotten extra ideological and the controversy is now in regards to the relative function of ideology, spiritual attachment, perspectives on immigration, and sophistication in affecting social gathering identity and vote casting. In a quick time period we've got long gone from challenge that events aren't responsive or sufficiently varied as to whether polarization has develop into too nice. This quantity, with contributions from essentially the most famous students of political events, brings jointly checks of those adjustments to supply a accomplished evaluate of present developments within the box. It serves as a great significant other to classes on events and elections, and an invaluable evaluation for students and scholars of yank politics normally.
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Gradually the Democrats moved in a liberal direction on questions of culture, while the Republicans moved in a conservative direction. This decision on the part of the GOP to move right would prove to be one of the most beneficial the party ever made. Many social conservatives were then and are still today white evangelical Protestants, a group that has historically been heavily concentrated in the South. As previously discussed, by the 1970s many Southern whites were already questioning their traditional Democratic loyalties for class or racial reasons.
These changes also made the electorate more Catholic, and to a lesser extent more Jewish. This same influx of immigrants (and their progeny) combined with a massive internal migration from the farm to the city to make America a much more urban nation in 1932 than it had been in 1896. The United States became a majority urban society for the first time according to the 1920 Census, and the political clout of urban populations was clearly on the rise during the 1920s. Many of those moving to the cities were taking jobs in the expanding industrial sector of the American economy, and the American economy was rapidly transforming from agrarian to industrial.
While there was no doubt that FDR and the Democrats had built a formidable coalition with the support of the working class white ethnics of the urban areas in the Northeast and Midwest (as well as blacks in these regions), there was also no doubt that the real key to the Democrats’ success, what enabled them to win presidential elections and even more so to obtain congressional majorities, was the party’s overwhelming dominance in the South. In the other regions of the country Republicans were almost on par with the Democrats in terms of votes (Brewer and Stonecash 2009; Ware 2006).
New Directions in American Political Parties (New Directions in American Politics) by Jeffrey M. Stonecash