Election 2016

1928 and 1932 Elections, by County – Lawyers, Guns & Money

lawyersgunsmoneyblog.comIt’s sort of interesting to examine the incredible transition in American politics that took place between 1928 and 1932 by examining the electoral college maps.

That’s obviously an amazing shift and these images are useful in the classroom to help students get how sharply Americans rejected the Republican Party in 1932. But it’s even more fascinating to break this down by county.

Now, this is pretty amazing. One caveat of course, which is that such maps far give visual priority to rural counties and ignore the huge totals that Democrats put up in the cities. But the American population was far more rural in 1930 than in 2016, so the phenomenon is less stark and misleading. Anyway, in 1928, the Republican domination was so great that Al Smith was even losing counties in the Deep South. I assume some of this had to do with his support to repeal Prohibition. Outside of the South, Smith’s support was just a smattering here and there. Pretty terrible lose for Democrats.

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