THE ELECTION: Cause & Effect

Buried deep in the rubble of Republican defeat lay the causes of Democratic victory—a victory which will shape U.S. policies and politics for the next two years. The causes and effects of Election Year 1958:

Farm Policy

In the traditional Republican heartland between the Mississippi and the Rockies, Republicans lost eight House seats, two Senate places, at least two governorships (Nebraska is still in doubt). High on the list of causes: the political unpopularity of Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson. Taking over in 1953, Benson inherited a farm-policy mess that...

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