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Edited by: Deborah Kalb

In: Guide to U.S. Elections 7th Edition

Chapter 1: The Evolution of American Elections

Edited by: Deborah Kalb

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483380346.n3

Subject: Elections

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The Evolution of American Elections
The evolution of American elections

American political history has been a story of eras—and eras within eras. Throughout it all, there have never been more than two major parties at one time occupying center stage. At first, there were the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans; through the first half of the nineteenth century, the Democrats and the Whigs; and since the Civil War, the Democrats and the Republicans.

External events have played a major role in which party held the upper hand. The ...

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