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  •  In that time period (1+ / 0-)
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    During that Victorian era of politics you are referring to, there were a string of Republicans from the North with Harrison, McKinley, Teddy, and Taft all being northern Republicans. During this period the Democratic Party was nearly non-existent outside of Dixie, so any and all attributes assigned to the Democrats in the post-reconstruction era can be attributed to Dixiecrats.

    •  That's not entirely true (3+ / 0-)
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      The Democratic coalition from the party system after the civil war also consisted of the "white ethnic" immigrants in northern cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago etc.  This includes Catholics (Irish, later Italians), Jews, as well as other groups, basically the immigrants and non-Protestant working class.  It also involved small farmers in the west as well as miners who were getting screwed by the big banks and railroads, that's why William Jennings Bryan's campaign took on as much as it did outside the south: populism.

      NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

      by sawolf on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:14:20 PM PST

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    •  well the Dems managed to actually win (5+ / 0-)

      the house from 1875-1881, 1883-1889, and once more from 1891-1895.

      So there were clearly Northern Democrats that helped provide the Dem House Majority. I was just curious on how Northern Dems were considered to be to the right of Southern Dems during these periods.

      The Democratic party was based on two different wings, you had the southern dixiecrat wing, and the Northern, wet, Immigrant wing.

      24, gay Atari Democrat CA-41

      by lordpet8 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:17:21 PM PST

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