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Age Of Acrimony: How Americans Fought To Fix Their Democracy, 1865 1915

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Jul 29 2021
Age Of Acrimony: How Americans Fought To Fix Their Democracy, 1865 1915

Democracy was broken. Or that was what many Americans believed in the decades after the Civil War. Shaken by economic and technological disruption, they sought safety in aggressive, tribal partisanship. The results were the loudest, closest, most violent elections in U.S. history, driven by vibrant campaigns that drew our highest-ever voter turnouts. At the century's end, reformers finally restrained this wild system, trading away participation for civility in the process. They built a calmer,

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