Political Parties 2

Political Parties 2 - Political Parties Chapter 7 A Coming...

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Political Parties Chapter 7 A Coming Realignment Saving the Union and slavery divide the nation *Pro-slavery Whigs begin to align themselves with the Democrats Concentration in the South Anti-slavery Whigs join with a third party from the Midwest: The Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln Critical Election: 1860 The Third Party System: Democrats v. Republicans The Whigs Collapse *Some Whig politicians (Clay, Webster) had been committed to saving the Union *Crises in the 1850s made that goal unlikely: *Dred Scott *“Bleeding Kansas” *Fugitive slaves an ongoing problem *John Brown and the Harper’s Ferry Raid The Election of 1860 A confusing regional four-man contest Lincoln (Republican) v. Douglas (Northern Democrat) in the North and Midwest *Breckinridge (Southern Democrat) v. Bell (Constitutional Unionist— southern Whig) in the South Lincoln wins with less than 40 percent of the popular vote
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The Third Party System Major parties: * Republicans (origin of today’s Republicans)
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2008 for the course PS 1010 taught by Professor Yahrmatter during the Fall '08 term at Wayne State University.

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