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For over a century, from 1854, the year the party was organized, until 1958, the Vermonters never failed to elect Republicans to its state and national offices, and every four years they returned a state of electors pledged to the Republican presidential nominee. The Vermont GOP was trumpeted as the star that never set in the Republican Party's political firmament, until the decline of family farms and the influx of Democrat-leaning urbanites in the 1960s and 1970s eroded the bedrock of Vermont's GOP base. Encompassing the years 1854 to 1974, this historical study documents the rise and fall of Vermont republicanism, exploring the personalities and the religious, political and social institutions that constituted the Vermont Republican Party. It is a story of the waning importance of party in modern American political life.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Genesis, 1854 Chapter 2 Customs and Usages, 1854-1870 Chapter 3 The Best Regulated of Families, 1870-1900 Chapter 4 Little Republics, 1878-1902 Chapter 5 Waves in a Tempest, 1902-1916 Chapter 6 Alien Elements, 1906-1928 Chapter 7 The Waters Prevail, 1927-1933 Chapter 8 Top Hats and Blue Shirts, 1933-1940 Chapter 9 Great Expectations, 1941-1946 Chapter 10 Friends and Neighbors, 1946-1952 Chapter 11 House Divided, 1952-1958 Chapter 12 The Fall, 1958-1964 Chapter 13 After the Fall, 1964-1968 Chapter 14 Passing of the Guard, 1968-1974

About the Author

Samuel B. Hand is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Vermont. He is the author of a number of books on Vermont's history, as well as Counsel and Advise: A Political Biography of Samuel I. Rosenman.


Hand has used his vast knowledge of Vermont history to craft a detailed book filled with information as well as lively anecdotes and quotes... Hand's book will become the standard for studying Vermont political history, and it will also add to the literature of one-party state politics, which heretofore hs been mainly devoted southern states. Oral History Review Hand has used his vast knowledge and insight skillfully to write a book with fascinating material, lively anecdotes and quotes, and extensive footnotes. The book is complex, though, with many names, facts, and figures... [a] significant contribution to our understanding of Vermont history. Vermont History

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