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“Mysteries in Politiks”: The Second Congressional Elections in the Districts of Worcester and Maine

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dc.contributor.author Houpt, David W.
dc.creator Houpt, David W.
dc.date 2009-04-23
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-01T19:59:53Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en
dc.date.available 2009-06-01T19:59:53Z
dc.date.issued 2009-06-01T19:59:53Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/4532
dc.description.abstract This thesis is a study of the Congressional elections in two districts of Massachusetts, Maine and Worcester, in 1790. Massachusetts election law required a candidate to receive 50 percent of the cast ballots to be declared winner. When no candidate reached this threshold, another election would be held. In both Worcester and Maine multiple canvasses were necessary to produce a winner. Although the second Congressional races were the first time that voters had an opportunity to express their opinions on how the new national government was taking shape, the newspaper campaigns leading up to these elections lacked an substantial discussion of national issues. The major pieces of legislation passed in the First Congress did not seem to factor into people’s decision. Instead, the focus was on the candidate’s background, personality, and relatively obscure pieces of legislation. The debates surrounding these elections do, however, foreshadow some of the issues that would divide the nation between Federalists and Republicans. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject District of Maine en
dc.subject second congressional elections en
dc.subject congressional elections – 1790 en
dc.subject Worcester County, Massachusetts en
dc.subject Thatcher, George en
dc.subject Grout, Jonathan en
dc.title “Mysteries in Politiks”: The Second Congressional Elections in the Districts of Worcester and Maine en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in History en
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline History en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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