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Realigning America: McKinley, Bryan, and the Remarkable Election of 1896 (American Presidential Elections)

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The presidential election of 1896 is widely acknowledged as one of only a few that brought about fundamental realignments in American politics. New voting patterns replaced old, a new majority party came to power, and national policies shifted to reflect new realities. R. Hal Williams now presents the first study of that campaign in nearly fifty years, offering fresh ...more
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Published March 25th 2010 by University Press of Kansas
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Frank Stein
May 27, 2011 Frank Stein rated it really liked it
An impressive and exciting account of the "Battle of the Standards," the election of 1896 between the silverite Democrat William Jennings Bryans and the gold-standard and tariff supporting Republican William McKinley.

The author does a commendable job of keeping the narrative flowing smoothly while investigating several surprising aspects of this famous campaign. For one, he shows that the 36 year old Bryan was originally the darkest of dark horse candidates going into the Chicago Democratic con
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Kevin Scott
Apr 05, 2010 Kevin Scott rated it really liked it
Good, but a high-level overview of the election and its issues rather than a thorough and detailed analysis of the strategies of the candidates and of the implications of the election. No real new ground here, but one of the better descriptions of the gold v. silver debate that I've read.
Mark
Jul 21, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it
As the editors note in the forward to this book, "[e]very election seems `critical' at the time it is held", yet only a very few prove to be truly pivotal in terms of reshaping the national political landscape. The presidential election of 1896 is one of those that deserves to be ranked in that select category. As R. Hal Williams explains, over the course of the contest between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan, "[n]ew voting patterns replaced the old, a new majority party arose to ...more
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To Read: "In a brief but compelling narrative, the author illuminates how and why Gilded Age Americans voted as they did, but he also shows us how much campaigns have changed in the long sweep of the nation's history."
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A specialist in the political history of the Gilded Age, R. Hal Williams taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, from 1975 until his retirement as professor emeritus in 2011. He earned his bachelor's degree at Princeton University and his master's and doctorate degrees at Yale University. He also served as dean of SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Science from 1980 until ...more
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