POLITICAL ORGANIZATION AND FACTIONALISM IN MARYLAND
BASICALLY, the story of factionalism and political organization in Maryland is uncomplicated. There are two Democratic parties in the state. One is located in Baltimore city, the other in Tidewater Maryland.
Prior to 1932 the Baltimore city Democratic party was controlled by the business community. Since 1932, the manipulable vote of the city has been lost to the business community and has come, increasingly, under the sway of the great labor organizations. Thus the Democratic party of the city is the party of labor and the liberals.
The Tidewater Maryland Democratic party is a direct descendant of the slaveowner's Whig party. The people of the section did not join the Democratic party out of devotion to the principles of Jefferson, but because of their antipathy to the party of Lincoln and abolition. Consequently, the Democratic party of the Tidewater section is the party of white supremacy and the conservatives.
Before 1932, it was not difficult for the conservative business community Democrats in Baltimore city and the Bourbons of southern Maryland to resolve differences concerning candidates and policies. Therefore, the Democratic party, at the state level, was relatively strong and unified. Since the New Deal, however, the