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Prejudice and the Old Politics: The Presidential Election of 1928

Prejudice and the Old Politics: The Presidential Election of 1928

by Allan J Lichtman
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Combining statistical analysis with well-written narrative history, this re-evaluation of the 1928 presidential election gives a vivid portrait of the candidates and the campaign. Lichtman has based his study primarily on a statistical analysis of data from that election and the presidential elections from 1916 to 1940 for all the 2,058 counties outside the former Confederate South. Not relying exclusively on the results of his quantitative analysis, however, Lichtman has also made an exhaustive survey of previous scholarship and contemporary accounts of the 1928 election. He discusses and challenges previous interpretations, especially the ethnocultural and pluralist interpretations and the application of critical election theory to the election. In disputing this theory, which claims that 1928 was a realigning election in which the coalitions were formed that dominated future elections, Lichtman determines that 1928 was an aberration with little impact on later political patterns.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739101261
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Allan J. Lichtman is Professor of History and Chairman of the Department of History at American University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Prologue: Al Smith versus Herbert Hoover Chapter 2 Introduction: Interpretations and Revisions Chapter 3 Catholics versus Protestants Chapter 4 Wets versus Drys Chapter 5 Immigrants versus Natives Chapter 6 City versus Country Chapter 7 Blacks versus Whites and Men versus Women Chapter 8 Economic Issues Chapter 9 Change and Continuity in Presidential Politics, 1916-1940 Chapter 10 Conclusions Chapter 11 Statistical Discussions Chapter 12 Appendix 1: Statistical Discussion Chapter 13 Appendix 2: Analysis of Seven Separate Regions Chapter 14 Appendix 3: Transcripts of the Republican Party Survey of Local Leaders Chapter 15 Appendix 4: Sources of the Statistical Data

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