The major campaign issue of the 1896 United States presidential elections was the struggling economy. The specific issue of the gold standard and Free Silver became a key and divisive point.
The U.S. economy was in a depression at the time and the gold standard limited the amount of currency that could be issued. William Jennings Bryan made a famous speech in defense of Free Silver as the alternative to the gold standard. However, his party, the Democrats, lost to Republican William McKinley as many voters from both the upper and lower classes feared the change to Free Silver would further harm the economy.Learn More
In the United States, a president is elected to a term of office lasting four years. The Constitution did not originally limit the number of terms a president could serve. With the passage and ratification of the 22nd Amendment, a president is prohibited from serving more than 10 years.Full Answer >
In 1845, the United States Congress selected the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November as the universal election day for federal elections; the motivations behind this choice are related to technological limitations on elections that made immediate vote tallying and communication difficult. Having election days on Tuesdays also avoids potential interference in voting ability for religious people who recognize a sabbath day on which they may be restricted from traveling to a polling location or performing work-like duties such as voting.Full Answer >
The United States acquired Florida when U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and Spanish minister Don Luis de Onis signed the Florida Purchase Treaty, which took place took place on February 22, 1819. Despite the signing of the treaty, it would still be another 2 years before the former Spanish province of Florida was officially in the hands of the United States.Full Answer >
African-Americans were granted the right to vote in elections in the United States when the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on Feb. 3, 1870. It was the last of the three Reconstruction Amendments, which were ratified just after the American Civil War ended in 1865.Full Answer >