mugwumps (mŭg´wŭmps´), slang term in U.S. political history for the Republicans who in 1884 deserted their party nominee, James G. Blaine, to vote for the Democratic nominee, Grover Cleveland.

See L. W. Peterson, The Day of the Mugwump (1961).

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Mugwumps: Selected full-text books and articles

Mugwumps, Morals, & Politics, 1884-1920
Gerald W. McFarland.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1975
Rum, Romanism & Rebellion: The Making of a President, 1884
Mark Wahlgren Summers.
University of North Carolina Press, 2000
From Hayes to McKinley: National Party Politics, 1877-1896
H. Wayne Morgan.
Syracuse University Press, 1969
Bourbon Leader: Grover Cleveland and the Democratic Party
Horace Samuel Merrill; Oscar Handlin.
Little Brown, 1957
Mudslingers: The Top 25 Negative Political Campaigns of All Time : Countdown from No. 25 To No. 1
Kerwin C. Swint.
Praeger, 2006
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Mud, Mugwumps, and Motherhood - Grover Cleveland V James G Blaine, President, 1884"
Farewell to the Bloody Shirt: Northern Republicans & the Southern Negro, 1877-1893
Stanley P. Hirshson.
Indiana University Press, 1962
Structure, Process, and Party: Essays in American Political History
Peter H. Argersinger.
M. E. Sharpe, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "New Perspectives on Election Fraud in the Gilded Age" and Chap. 5 "From Party Tickets to Secret Ballots: The Evolution of the Electoral Process in Maryland during the Gilded Age"
Third Parties in American Politics
Howard P. Nash Jr.; M. B. Schnapper.
Public Affairs Press, 1959
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Mugwump Revolt"
Party Principles and Practical Politics
Stuart Lewis.
Prentice Hall, 1928
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "War and Radical Republicanism" and Chap. VIII "Close Division and Confusion"
American Political Cultures
Richard J. Ellis.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Mugwumps, Bosses, and Capitalists in the Gilded Age" begins on p. 110
Cavalier and Yankee: The Old South and American National Character
William R. Taylor.
Harvard University Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "Southern Mugwumps" begins on p. 55
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