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The Third Electoral System, 1853-1892: Parties, Voters, and Political Cultures
This analysis of the contours and social bases of mass voting behavior in the United States over the course of the third electoral era, from 1853 to 1892, provides a deep and rich understanding of the ways in which ethnoreligious values shaped party combat in the late nineteenth century. It was this uniquely American mode of "political confessionals" that underlay the ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 1st 1979 by University of North Carolina Press
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Kleppner, continuing AFAIK Benson's analysis, sees the Third Electoral System as embodying (with variations along the way) a conflict between the pietistic Republicans and the (morally and economically) laissez-faire Democrats. Prohibitionism certainly comes across as more significant than I had thought.