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Challengers discovered that they had to play by the partisan rules of the game. 30 To be sure, the parties were altered and transformed by shifts in their basic voting support in the electoral realignments of the 1850s and later. The increase of ideological intensity along sectional lines shook the political nation severely. In the aftermath, politics and parties contained a much more significant sectional component to them than had been the case earlier. The sectional crisis of the 1850s and the Civil War that followed were a destructive, chastening period for those who thought that national parties could always contain and manage conflict by stressing differences and loyalties that transcended region and section.
They would thus have been a reliably dissident wing of the national Democratic Party even if it had not been for the existence of explicitlegalracial segregation, which was also an organizing principle of the southern democracy. Â < previous page < previous page page_149 page_15 next page > next page > 45 46 Page 15 system was impressive in its reach, importance, and role; had remarkable force and staying power within a loudly expressive political culture; and was marked, most of all, by an intense popular commitment to parties and their ways.
They had rarely been heard with such force and intensity before, and at first they were bitterly resisted; they did not immediately sweep the field. Nevertheless, the sense that existing political institutions were not up to the task was increasingly widespread and influential. The growth of the nation geographically, along with the widening democratic impulses presentparticularly the expansion of the electorate, ultimately to incorporate most adult white males by 1840was a further prod toward order, direction, and management.