DOI: 10.1017/s0022381610000198
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Abstract: Realignment theory has long offered the primary framework for understanding American political history, particularly as it relates to the party system. The ''System of 1896'' is central to the theory and holds that William McKinley's victory in that year ushered in a Republican-dominated era lasting until Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt's election in 1932. The 10 years of partial-and six years of total-Democratic control of Congress and the White House (1910-20) during this 36-year stretch (1896-1932) remains a… Show more

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