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A language of politics in a politics of class: The Workingmen’s Party of California

PHILIP J. ETHINGTON

in The Public City

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780520230019
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927469 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230019.003.0007
A language of politics in a politics of class: The Workingmen’s Party of California

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This chapter presents a reinterpretation of the rise and fall of the Workingmen's Party of California (WPC). The WPC has often been interpreted as the eruption of class conflict into mainstream party politics. However, a close narrative analysis of political campaigns in the 1870s suggests that a politics of class was the creation of mainstream party politicians and journalists who introduced a language of class in the effort to mobilize voters. It clarifies that the electorate began voting by class long before the creation of the WPC.

Keywords: WPC; class conflict; party politics; political campaigns; politics of class; voters; electorate

Chapter.  17889 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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