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  A territorial division of a country associated with an electoral cleavage created when a party mobilizes the majority of that area\'s population around a particular economic or social issue. The classic sectional cleavage occurred in the southern States of the USA for most of the century following the end of the American Civil War; the great majority of white voters were mobilized by the Democratic party to block the achievement of equality of civil rights granted to blacks constitutionally by the ending of slavery. (RJJ)

Suggested Reading Archer, J.C. and Taylor, P.J. 1981: Section and party: a political geography of American Presidential elections from Andrew Jackson to Ronald Reagan. London and New York: John Wiley.



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