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Declarations of DependenceThe Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South, 1861-1908$
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Gregory Downs

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834442

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877760_downs

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Crazes, Fetishes, and Enthusiasms

Crazes, Fetishes, and Enthusiasms

The Silver Mania and the Making of a New Politics

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(p.163) 6 Crazes, Fetishes, and Enthusiasms
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Declarations of Dependence
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Gregory P. Downs

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877760_downs.9

This chapter focuses on the events that occurred two years after the death of Zebulon Vance. The son of his old rival Tom Settle paged through a series of distressing field reports about the “silver craze” sweeping through his congressional district. In a campaign about the gold standard, a fantastic, incorrect rumor about a government-sponsored gift of money disrupted the younger Settle's already tenuous reelection prospects in piedmont North Carolina. As a solid supporter of his Republican Party's gold position, Settle increasingly found himself trapped by an upsurge of popular sentiment that combined Reconstruction's patronal hopes with a newly broad view of government's reach and scope. Rather than being a gift from one patron to a loyal supporter, the silver standard seemed to make a present of policy itself—a promise of a “pocket full of money whether worked for or not,” one organizer complained.

Keywords:   Zebulon Vance, Tom Settle, silver craze, congressional district, gold standard, Republican Party

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