Prejudice and the Old Politics
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Prejudice and the Old Politics : The Presidential Election of 1928

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 147.32 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739101269
  • 9780739101261

About Allan J. Lichtman

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

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 Datashow more

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Lichtman has written what will almost surely be the definitive book on the subject. Commonweal Challenges many well-established ideas and interpretations in a serious and convincing way. [This book] deserves careful reading and study. Presidential Studies Quarterly Lichtman provides a fresh approach and an exquisite blend of political theory, quantitative analysis, and historical interpretation that will appeal to both scholars and informed laypersons. Library Journal The book combines an elegant scheme of statistical analysis with an engaging style. [Lichtman's] theoretical and methodological contributions demand the most careful attention by students of recent American history and politics. CHOICE Every teacher and writer on the period should take Lichtman very seriously indeed. Journal of Southern Historyshow more