Whistling Past Dixie
How Democrats Can Win Without the South / CBook - 2006
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... read most and was best informed on all abstract questions. In fact, while there were many enlightened Democrats who defended slavery on general principles as a matter of deliberate conviction, the rank and file of the Democratic party consisted of the less informed elements of the population, who read little and had no lively disinterested sympathies. In a word, the Republican party was the progressive party and the Democratic party the conservative party. These characteristics are less marked now, and in a certain sense they may be said to have been somewhat reversed. This is because the leading question today has become that of the relations between capital and labor. After the Civil War enormous industrial operations were undertaken and colossal fortunes were acquired. Capital was accumulated to an unprecedented degree in the hands of great corporations, and for the first time there appeared in America a true proletariat. The Republican party had carried through the war and held the reins of government for many years. The capitalist class generally ranged itself with that party, and the Democratic party to a certain extent espoused the cause of the working and debtor class. But here that party itself divided, and the only two occasions on which it has been successful were those in which it was led by a friend of the capitalist class and was supported by a large number of Republicans who had become disaffected with their party. It was the Republican or capitalist policy that was continued, and the real Democratic principles were not at all in evidence. Political sympathy, in so far as it exists now, is for the working classes as against the capitalists, and while this is largely shared by the mass of both parties, the Democratic party...
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
Branch Call Number: 324.2736
Characteristics: ix, 336 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
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