Presentation on theme: "Electoral Realignment and Critical Elections Electoral Realignment Voting patterns are changed by some critical issue, event, or leader and remain changed."— Presentation transcript:
Electoral Realignment and Critical Elections
Electoral Realignment Voting patterns are changed by some critical issue, event, or leader and remain changed for an extended period of time (perhaps many decades). A major shift in political divisions in the country.
Critical Elections An election in which a party is defeated so badly that it disappears or seems that it may disappear. Issues are often crosscutting, dividing both major parties.
Critical Elections Solid South Republican Ascendancy FDR Democrats
Republican Party Abraham Lincoln The Republican platform opposed slavery in the territories but upheld the right of slavery in the South.
Lasting Impact: Republican Party becomes a Major Party The Solid South Forms
Election of 1896
You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.
Central Issues: Tariff, Depression, and the Gold Standard versus an Unlimited Coinage of Silver
Republican Party Ascendancy Lasting Impact: Republican Party Ascendancy
Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir on Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, California, circa 1906
Bolt the Ticket and Challenge Former PartyBolt the Ticket and Challenge Former Party
Election of 1932
Central Issues: Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression Begins