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The Door of HopeRepublican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877–1933$
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Edward O. Frantz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036533

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036533.001.0001

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Mckinley's Methodical Measures

Mckinley's Methodical Measures

The Third Southern Tour, 1898

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The Door of Hope

Edward O. Frantz

University Press of Florida

William McKinley's 1898 tour of the South was a variation in the established Republican ritual. This time, a president was able to travel in the wake of a resounding foreign policy success. The opportunity was riper than it had ever been to put to rest the haunting ghoul of sectionalism. Simultaneously, McKinley was able to reconnect with one of the original patterns of a Republican tour. Largely ignored in 1891, African Americans would occupy places in two of McKinley's speeches during his sojourn. Nowhere was this more apparent than when the president visited Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute. However, inclusion in the presidential program did not automatically lead to meaningful political prioritization in the McKinley era. The 1898 tour, the last of the nineteenth century, proved to be a fitting capstone to the Republican Party rite.

Keywords:   William McKinley, tour, South, Republican Party, president, foreign policy, sectionalism, African Americans, Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute

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