Essay about Change in Massachusetts Politics

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Change in Massachusetts Politics

Massachusetts has always been known for its politics. From the days of John Hancock and John Adams to the Kennedy Compound and failed Dukakis presidential campaign, the Bay State is, has been, and always will be a hotbed of political activism. But that does not mean that Massachusetts has a vibrant two party system.

If anything can be said about Massachusetts, it is that the state and its voters are certainly lop-sided towards one party. Massachusetts currently has Democrats filling all of their US House and US Senate Seats, as well as a 138 of 160 State House seats, and 33 of 40 State Senate seats. The only state-wide office held not held by the Democrats is the Governor’s seat, which is
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The immigrants were forced to work extensive hours, many times could not speak English, had limited experience with voting, and furthermore had little interest in the elite candidates that were running.

Thus, the power of the wealthy continued to reign in the state. Staunch conservatives that held only pro-business ideologies came into office on swells of support. The state representative and senate seats were filled to the brim with Republicans, much in the way they are filled with Democrats today.

This is most evident in the rise of Coolidge in the Bay State. Coolidge’s laissez-faire beliefs and elite ideas personified the Massachusetts political scene at the time.

Slowly, however, this system began to fade. As unions grew, working immigrants became acquainted with a new idea: leisure time. As work hours were slashed from 12 to 10 even down to a reasonable 8, the newcomers were slowly becoming allowed to take some time to evaluate what they had been working so hard for.

Unions: A rise to power

As Unions began to grow amongst the factory workers in the cities, a new sentiment began to grow through the huddled masses. The idea of self-determination began to slowly enter the minds of the workers who were seeing successes on the picket lines.

As the new immigrants (who at this time may even have been second-generation
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