The taking of the Fifth : the contested 1960 election in the Indiana Fifth Congressional District

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dc.contributor.advisor Hoover, Dwight W. en_US Webster, Daniel Charles en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- n-us-in en_US 2011-06-03T19:32:16Z 2011-06-03T19:32:16Z 1985 en_US 1985
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 1985 .W42 en_US
dc.description.abstract Elections are seldom covered in detail below the level of the national contests. Regional, district, and local elections often appear to be too provincial to be worth the time and effort to research and analyze in any detail."Taking the Fifth" is about a contested congressional race that was in dispute between various local and forces longer than any other House race on record.The Fifth District of Indiana leaned Republican, but it swung to the Democrats about once a decade. The 1960 election broke that historic pattern.Since 1960 was a pivotal election year for both political parties, and since the U. S. Congress was divided by various regional and philosophical factions, it is the contention of the dissertation that the Indiana Fifth District took on more importance than it would have under normal circumstances.Pursuit of power by local and national figures became inextricably involved with the struggle of the candidates in the Fifth District of Indiana. Intraparty grudges between district and state Democratic leaders, scars from Republican battles for congressional leadership posts, Dixiecrat versus urban Democrats maneuvering for dominance on key congressional committees, and an energetic young President and his allies -- bent on making a lasting mark on history -- all influenced the outcome of the race.As the gap widens between election day in Indiana and final settlement of the contest, the two candidates fade into secondary roles, and eventually appear to be little more than pawns for the congressional and national figures who had pre-empted the contest for their own political purposes. en_US
dc.format.extent 255 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Elections -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.other United States. Congress. House -- Contested elections. en_US
dc.subject.other United States. Congress. House -- Elections, 1960. en_US
dc.title The taking of the Fifth : the contested 1960 election in the Indiana Fifth Congressional District en_US Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
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