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Influential American Political Parties

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    The Federalist Party

    The party was founded in the early 1790's. The party was a strong advocate of the of a strong central government, and it's policies called for a central bank.
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    The Democratic-Republican Party

    The party favored state's rights, and where deeply committed to the beliefs in Republicanism. The Party was strongest in the South and weakest in the Northeast.
  • John Adams (Federalist) Is elected President

    John Adams (Federalist) Is elected President
  • Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican) is elected President

    Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican) is elected President
  • James Madison (Democratic-Republican) is elected President

    James Madison (Democratic-Republican) is elected President
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    The Anti-Masonic Party

    It was founded as a single-issue party (the first "Third-Party" in the U.S.) focusing on opposing Freemasonry, but later became a full blown party. It believed in Economic Nationalism and Social conservatism. In 1884, the party began to disband, many of it's members left to join the Democratic, or Whig parties, leaving the Anti-Masonic Party to slowly fizzle out.
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    The Democratic Party

    After the Democratic-Republicn Party fell apart in 1824, the remnants went on to form the Democratic party the 1830's under the direction of Martin Van Buren. Van Buren used war hero Andrew Jackson to help draw in more members, and by the 1850's was one of the two major parties of the time. The Democratic Party is still around, and still is one of the Political Superpowers.
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    The Whig Party

    Cited SourceA party created to oppose the policies of Andrew Jackson. They believed in Classical Liberalism and Congressional dominance, not Presidential dominance. The term "Whig" was commonly understood as a label used by those who opposed tyranny. Lasted from 1833-1856.
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    The Liberty Party

    A HUGE advocate for antislavery. Unlike the American Anti-Slavery Society from whence they sprang, they believed the constitution was an Anti-Slavery document, not a Pro-Slavery document. In 1840 and 1844 they nominated former slave holder James G. Birney and later a few others for President. But none of it's Presidential candidates where ever selected for an office. Cited source
  • William Henry Harrison (Whig) is elected President

    William Henry Harrison (Whig) is elected President
    He died exactly 1 month later from pneumonia. Cited source
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    The Know-Nothing Party

    Cited Source(1845-1860) A Nativist and Anti-Catholic political party. When the party first entered politics, it was known as the American Party. They gained power due to the xenophobia sentiment that fed off many native's fears of being overwhelmed by Germans and Irish Catholics. The term, "Know-nothing" was sparked when secret organizations within the party where asked about their organization, the response was "I Know Nothing". The party also believed in Temperance and Republicanism.
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    The Free-Soil Party

    A single-issue party that focused on preventing slavery's expansion into the western states contesting that a system comprised of free men on free soil was superior to slavery, hence the name, the "Free-Soil Party". They also considered themselves to be "True Democrats". In 1854, most of the party merged with the Republican party.
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  • Zachary Taylor (Whig) is elected President

    Zachary Taylor (Whig) is elected President
    Unfortunately, he died a year later on July 9th. Cited Source
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    The Republican Party

    Around 1854, the Whig and Free-Soil Parties began to disintegrate. Faced with the Kansas-Nebraska act, an act that permitted slavery to spread into the new territiories, the former Whigs, and Free-Soil members came together to form the Republican party. to this day, the Republican party is a fierce competitor in the world of politices.
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    The Greenback Party

    Cited Source(1874-1884) A party that believed in a non-monopolistic ideology. The name "Greenbacks" refers to paper money issued during the civil war. The group opposed the switch back to a Bullion Coin-based currency because they believed private banks would then be able to control the money's value. They also believed in women's suffrage and labor rights. Non of it's Presidential nominees where ever elected, but many entered the House of Representatives.
  • George W. Bush (Republican) is elected President

    George W. Bush (Republican) is elected President
  • Barack Obama (Democrat) is elected President

    Barack  Obama (Democrat) is elected President