A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Direct Primary

Direct Primary A reform of the Progressive Era designed to reduce the power of party bosses by selecting statewide political candidates through direct elections rather than at state conventions, this reform was pioneered by southern states, beginning with S.C. in 1896, and spread northward with its adoption by Wis. in 1903.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Direct Primary," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed September 21, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CPX7C2G81F57629.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Direct Primary." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 21 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CPX7C2G81F57629.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Direct Primary' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 21 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CPX7C2G81F57629.