The Star That Set: The Vermont Republican Party, 1854-1974

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Lexington Books, Mar 13, 2003 - Political Science - 370 pages
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For over a century, from 1854, the year the party was organized, until 1958, Vermonters never failed to elect Republicans to its state and national offices, and every four years they returned a slate of electors pledged to the Republican presidential nominee. The Vermont GOP was trumpeted as the star that never set in the Republican Party's political firmament, until the decline of family farms and the influx of Democrat-leaning urbanites in the 1960s and 1970s eroded the bedrock of Vermont's GOP base. Encompassing the years 1854 to 1974, Samuel Hand's superb historical study documents the rise and fall of Vermont republicanism, exploring the personalities and the religious, political, and social institutions that constituted the Vermont Republican Party. More than simply the authoritative telling of a remarkable century of hegemony for the Vermont GOP, The Star That Set is a compelling story of the waning importance of party in modern American political life.
  

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Contents

Genesis 1854
1
Customs and Usages 18541870
15
The Best Regulated of Families 18701900
33
Little Republics 18781902
57
Waves in a Tempest 19021916
77
Alien Elements 19061928
97
The Waters Prevail 19271933
121
Top Hats and Blue Shirts 19331940
145
House Divided 19521958
207
The Fall 19581964
233
After the Fall 19641968
255
Passing of the Guard 19681974
275
Epilogue
299
Appendix
305
References
315
Index
339

Great Expectations 19411946
165
Friends and Neighbors 19461952
187
About the Author
355
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About the author (2003)

Samuel B. Hand is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Vermont. He is the author of a number of books on Vermont's history, as well as Counsel and Advise: A Political Biography of Samuel I. Rosenman.

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