Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Electoral Map - Before and After the Great Depression

As the political season reaches a crescendo amidst a financial meltdown, everyone seems to be looking back to the bread lines of the Depression. So, it seems only fitting that we squeeze some political insight from that era. Check it out, the political leanings of the country in 1928 (click on maps to enlarge):

And the electoral map post-Depression in 1932:

Whoa. Talk about national whiplash. Seems that everyone is into the GOP ideals until they wake up one day and their job/bank/401K is wiped out. Then, it's time to switch.

Is history about to repeat itself?

Props to the Political Irony for the maps: "What a difference an economic meltdown makes."


Anonymous said...

I checked out the electoral votes for both elections.
Landslide victories seem to be the rage back then.
First Tiger this.? I hope my kids get to see a black man, in real life, as the President on TiVo... not just a Sanford and son or Huggy Bear.

ClizBiz said...

Economically, it seems we have learned very little. As far as judging a man by the content of his character, I'd say we've made some inroads ... though still far to go.

I wish I could be around to see mankind when we're all one glorious latte color.

And what's wrong with Huggy Bear? Dude was stylin'.

Leslie Madsen-Brooks said...

Fascinating. Just as interesting to me: How much more electoral power California had in 1932 than in 1928.