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Realigning America: McKinley, Bryan, and the Remarkable Election of 1896 (American Presidential Elections) Hardcover – March 25, 2010

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"Vintage Williams - an epic story meticulously researched, insightfully argued, and vividly told. This fresh, authoritative account changes our understanding of one of the most momentous elections in the nation's history." Michael McGerr, author of The Decline of Popular Politics: The American North, 1865-1928 "Superb, written with his customary grace and skill, well informed about the issues, and balanced in its point of view. It should replace all previous treatments of the election and find a ready market in courses on presidential elections, the Gilded Age, and American politics in general. In short, a winner." --Lewis L. Gould, author of The Presidency of William McKinley"

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"Vintage Williams--an epic story meticulously researched, insightfully argued, and vividly told. This fresh, authoritative account changes our understanding of one of the most momentous elections in the nation's history."--Michael McGerr, author of <I>The Decline of Popular Politics: The American North, 1865-1928</I><P>

"Superb, written with his customary grace and skill, well informed about the issues, and balanced in its point of view. It should replace all previous treatments of the election and find a ready market in courses on presidential elections, the Gilded Age, and American politics in general. In short, a winner."--Lewis L. Gould, author of <I>The Presidency of William McKinley</I>

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  • Series: American Presidential Elections
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas (March 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700617213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700617210
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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 govern the country, and national policies shifted to suit the new realities." Williams's book, a volume in the "American Presidential Elections" series published by the University Press of Kansas, offers a history of the campaign, one that details just how and why it changed the nation in such profound and lasting ways.

Williams begins his study by providing the background to the election with a description of the political environment of the period. American voters began the decade by handing the Democratic Party a series of victories in the elections of 1890 and 1892, culminating in the return of Grover Cleveland to the White House. In the decades prior to the 1890s, the parties were closely matched, with presidential election usually decided by a mere percentage point or two - an environment that Williams notes made politicians cautious and denied any one party the majority needed to carry out bold initiatives. Exploiting discontent with Republican policies, Democratic candidates scored a series of victories at the start of the decade, victories which seemed to signal a realignment in their direction.

Yet these victories soon proved to be pyrrhic. Cleveland's inauguration coincided with a growing business panic, one that triggered a painful economic depression.
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I ordered this book on the recommendation of Karl Rove in regards to the election of 1896. It was a fantastic suggestion. The book was an easy read that kept me engaged the whole time. The chapters followed from setting the scene leading up to the historic election and continuing through election night. Professor Williams must have spent countless hours researching and studying not only the election but the overall time period in American history. His vivid accounts of historical figures and the quotes directly from individuals that witnessed and/or participated in the election added a tremendous amount to the overall book. The election of 1896 changed how campaigns are run and many of the new tactics and logistical campaigning done in 1896 are still being used today. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is remotely interested in Presidential elections, William McKinley, William J. Bryan, the Populist Party or how voter participation has changed through the years.
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I agree with the praise of the other reviewers and really only want to add some qualifiers. R. Hal Williams is a good writer if you don't mind some tendency toward repetition. If he likes a quote from a contemporary source, e.g., he will use it as an epigraph to a chapter and then in the text (sometimes on the same page).
This book is not really a scholarly account of the election and its issues- it is more of a well-researched popular account which is fine. But I wanted him to go deeper into some of the issues. I would really have liked to understand the parties' positions on the currency issue more.
I also thought that he should have argued more for or further explained some of his conclusions. For example, on p.168, he asserts that the change from a more military style campaign to an educational style of campaign led to a drop off in party affiliation and voter turnout. He also asserts that the spread of the secret ballot around this time also weakened the parties. In other words, he is making the argument that a somewhat rational and discursive tone to the campaign along with a lessening of their ability to cheat were major factors in the decline of party affiliation and in voter turnout. He is basing this conclusion on the work of some other scholars but his presentation was inadequate.
These are, to be fair, minor complaints and largely amount to me saying that Williams did not write the book I wanted him to write.
On the plus side, reading this book is a great way to spend an evening dipping into a remarkable episode in our remarkable history. Williams also provides his readers with an annotated bibliography which I think should be required in any good work of non-fiction.
Finally, I must agree with one of the reviewers comments on the University of Kansas Press.
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I'd love to read this book, but because of vision issues, I need larger type. Any chance a Kindle version is on the way?
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