Historian:  The Land Party achieved its only national victory in Banestria in 1935. It received most of its support t...

Steven on July 11, 2017

Wouldn't A strengthen...?

I could use some help understanding this one. Wouldn't A strengthen the argument since it would support the idea that he recent change in focus on that group brought success from that group?

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Mehran on July 21, 2017

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ryan on April 25 at 08:53PM

Is it possible to make the assumption that making "no attempt to address the interests of economically distressed urban groups" in preceding elections caused that group to have a LOWER amount of votes for the Land Party, thereby making rural and semirural groups votes more important, and therefore actually strengthening the argument?

Victoria on April 27 at 08:46PM

Hi @ryan-fadden.

It is possible to make that assumption regarding this passage; however, this does not impact the author's argument or conclusion. The historian is arguing that the Land Party was successful in the 1935 election specifically due to the combination of addressing agricultural and small business groups and the depths of their economic problems. Therefore, what the Land Party did or did not do in previous elections is irrelevant to the historian's argument.

While it is possible that urban groups became disenfranchised by the Land Party neglecting their concerns, there is no evidence to support this so we cannot make the assumption that this impacted voter turnout in 1935.

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ryan on May 1 at 07:11PM

@Victoria Hmm I see. An assumption needs evidence, if it doesn't have any it can't be used to strengthen (or weaken) an argument. Got it. Thanks!

Ravi on May 2 at 04:46PM

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