Political Realignments

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In History
  • Election of John Adams

    Election of John Adams
    The Election of 1796 John Adams is the first elected President with a political party. Adams brought the Federalists to the White House.
  • Election of Thomas Jefferson

    Election of Thomas Jefferson
    Election of 1800 Thomas Jefferson, the first Democratic-Republican, defeated John Adams for presidency.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    Background Info for War of 1812 The Federalists oppossed the War of 1812 because the United States had been losing the war for two years. Talks of secession were in the works for New England during this war.
  • The Hartford Convention

    The Hartford Convention
    History of the Hartford Convention At this Convention Federalists discussed proposals for ratification, New England's opposition to the war, and the possible secession of New England from the United States. These thoughts disgraced the Federalsits terribly.
  • Death of the Federalists

    Death of the Federalists
    The Federalists With the death of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the retirement of John Adams, the Federalists no longer had a strong leader.
  • Election of John Q. Adams

    Election of John Q. Adams
    Election of 1824 This election was split between Adams and Jackson who both had a large percent of the electoral vote. This election caused the Democatic-Republicans to become the Democrats.
  • Election of Andrew Jackson

    Election of Andrew Jackson
    Election of 1828 The election of Andrew Jackson brought the newly formed Democrats to power after their split from Democratic-Republicans.
  • Creation of the Whigs

    Creation of the Whigs
    The Whig Party To fight Jackson and the Democrats, the creation of the Whig Party occured.
  • Election of Martin Van Buren

    Election of Martin Van Buren
    Election of 1836 Martin Van Buren had a realistic view on society. He said that a party can not please all people all the time and that a party needed an opposition. This oppostition soon came from the Whig party.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    The Kansas Nebraska Act This Act split Whig members. Northern Whigs and the Free Soil Party soon created the Republican Party.
  • Creation of Republican Party

    Creation of Republican Party
    Birth of Republicans After 6 years, the Republican Party became the majority party in the US.
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford

    Dred Scott v. Sandford
    The Dred Scott Case The Supreme Court held that slaves could not be citizens and that former slaves could not be protected by the Constitution. This Supreme Court decision helped sharpen political divisions.
  • Election Abraham Lincoln

    Election Abraham Lincoln
    The Election of 1860 Lincoln brought the first set of Republicans to power.
  • The Civil War

    The Civil War
    The Civil War The Civil War was a split between the Northern-Republicans and Southern-Democrats.
  • Southern Democrats

    Southern Democrats
    Southern Democrats The south during the time of the Civil War was completely Democratic. The problems they had came from divisions in Democratic views.
  • The Progressive Era

    The Progressive Era
    The Progressives The Progressives split the Republican Party into two and allowed for the Democrat party to gain control of presidency soon after.
  • Election of William McKinley

    Election of William McKinley
    The Election of 1896 This election gains Republican control of the White House until 1912 when Woodrow Wilson served for two terms.
  • Election of Herbert Hoover

    Election of Herbert Hoover
    The Election of 1928 Hoover is the last Republican of this era. He lost because he could not control the Great Depression.
  • Stock Market Crash

    Stock Market Crash
    The Stock Market Crash This ends the 1920's and also the end of the Republican Party. Herbert Hoover could not control the Depression and FDR soon brought the Democrats to power.
  • The Election of FDR

    The Election of FDR
    The Great FDR FDR brought about the beginning of democratic power for 30 years and created the New Deal coalition.
  • New Deal

    New Deal
    The New Deal The New Deal was formed under the presidency of FDR to give relief, reform, and recovery during the Great Depression.
  • Election of Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Election of Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Dwight D Eisenhower With the election of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Republicans took over after many years of Democratic rule.
  • Election of John F. Kennedy

    Election of John F. Kennedy
    The Great JFK After only a term of Republican rule, the Democrats took control again in the election of John F. Kennedy.
  • Election of Richard Nixon

    Election of Richard Nixon
    Richard Nixon This election brought the Republicans into office again. Also, this was the first elected president whose party did not control both houses of Congress. Richard Nixon was also the first president to resign due to the Watergate scandal.
  • Election of Bill Clinton

    Election of Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton When the democrat Bill Clinton took office, he briefly restored united party government until the Republicans won both houses of Congress in 1994.
  • Election of George W. Bush

    Election of George W. Bush
    George Bush Heavily disputed election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, but in the end led to a brief period of Republican control in the White House with the election of George W. Bush.
  • 9/11

    September 11, 2001 September 11 consisted of a series of attacks on the U.S. by Al-Qaeda, which skyrocketed Bush's approval rating as well as his parties overall approval rating.
  • Election of Barack Obama

    Election of Barack Obama
    Barack Obama The election of Barack Obama brought the Democratics back into the White House.
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    The First Party System

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    Democrats vs. Whigs

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    Two Republican Eras

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    New Deal Era

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    Divded Party Government