The Making of the New Deal Democrats: Voting Behavior and Realignment in Boston, 1920-1940

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University of Chicago Press, 1989 - History - 277 pages
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"Why is The Making of New Deal Democrats so significant? One of the major controversies in the study of American elections has to do with the nature of electoral realignments. One school argues that a realignment involves a major shift of voters from one party to another, while another school argues that the process consists largely of mobilization of previously inactive voters. The debate is crucial for understanding the nature of the New Deal realignment.

Almost all previous work on the subject has dealt with large-scale national patterns which make it difficult to pin down the precise processes by which the alignment took place. Gamm's work is most remarkable in that it is a close analysis of shifting voter alignments on the precinct and block level in the city of Boston. His extremely detailed and painstaking work of isolating homogeneous ethnic units over a twenty-year period allows one to trace the voting behavior of the particular ethnic groups that ultimately formed the core of the New Deal realignment."—Sidney Verba, Harvard University
 

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Contents

Introduction
5
The Jews
47
The Italians
77
The Blacks
93
The Yankees
107
The Irish
139
Making New Deal Democrats
163
Conclusion
185
Research Method and Sources
205
The Precincts
216
Party Registration and the Vote
220
Presentation and Analysis of Statistical Data
225
Notes
229
Bibliography
249
Index
261
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Gerald H. Gamm is a Ph.D. candidate in a joint program in history and government at Harvard University.

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