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  • Richard M. Valelly


‘Political parties and democratic choice’ explores the development of political parties and how they shaped citizenship. Several defining elements of party competition emerged between Washington's Farewell Address and 1840: vigorous competition, contestation over principles and visions of where the country should go as the parties began to write and publicize platforms, and lively popular involvement in politics. The new mass democratic republic grew and expanded after the Civil War. In addition to issues, choice, and involvement in public affairs, for millions of ordinary people political parties also taught both elites and voters valuable lessons about transfer of power.

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