- May 2014
They could have left the GOP earlier if the GOP would have been in power when the US would have experienced the post-WWI recession, though. Plus, this is not to mention that the post-WWI peace settlement could have displeased some of these groups and turned them against the GOP in this scenario (since the GOP rather than Wilson would have been the ones at Versailles in this scenario).I don't think the Dems would have recovered completely on their own. They benefited greatly from the Crash of '29 which exposed the fallacy of Republican laissez-faire economics. Democratic success after '29 depended greatly on convincing several traditionally Republican constituencies to switch parties, including blacks, women, and labor. I don't think these groups would have left the GOP without the Depression.