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Homework Help: AP US History

Posted by Hannah on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 5:41pm.

I am writing an essay on the following topic:
"Political historians often argue that the election of 1896 was a 'turning-point' election and a 'watershed year' in national politics. Why?"

I am asking if the following outline will work for my essay:

Intro: Talk about the previous political stalemate and stagnation in the Gilded Age politics and how many changes occurred after this election.

Paragraph 1: Talk about the end of the Populist party and the switch from agrarian focus to urban importance. Talk about the new focus on big business, industry, and strong national government.

Paragraph 2: Talk about the new importance of the media and high finance campaigning in America. Use the example of how Marc Hanna financed McKinley's campaign for the 1896 election through the media.

Please let me know if there are any other examples I can use. I've looked everywhere online and I'm out of ideas. Thanks!

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