Mugwumps, Morals, & Politics, 1884-1920

Mugwumps, Morals, & Politics, 1884-1920

Mugwumps, Morals, & Politics, 1884-1920

Mugwumps, Morals, & Politics, 1884-1920

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The term "Mugwump" has come to have a variety of connotations. To many nonhistorians the word summons up the image of an individual perched on a fence with his Mug on one side and his Wump on the other. Elsewhere the word is used as a synonym for political independence, usually applied to civic reformers who refuse to identify themselves permanently with one political party. When some historians, following Richard Hofstadter's lead, talk about Mugwumps, they are referring to those old-American, white Protestants whose social and political dominance was threatened by immigration, industrialization, and urbanization in the late nineteenth century -- a group defined as much by its cultural ties as by its politics. And in the 1960s the notion of mugwumpery as independence was given a generational twist . . .

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