Democrats and Republicans

Democrats and Republicans - states that they expected would...

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Democrats and Republicans The Civil War split the political parties in several ways. The Republican party's strength  lay in the North; Abraham Lincoln did not receive a single electoral vote from a Southern  state in 1860. The Democrats in the North divided into  War Democrats,  who supported  the war effort but claimed the Republicans were doing a poor job of leading the Union,  and the  Peace Democrats,  or  Copperheads,  who opposed the war and were suspected  of disloyalty to the Union. To win the election of 1864, the Republicans reorganized  themselves as the  Union party  to attract votes from the War Democrats and nominated  War Democrat Andrew Johnson for vice president. When Lincoln was assassinated,  Democrat Johnson became president.  Following the Civil War, Republicans moved quickly to consolidate their control of the  United States government. They quickly added a series of Western states to the Union, 
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Unformatted text preview: states that they expected would remain firm in their support for Republicans. They also set up (often corrupt) governments in the South that would regulate state elections in a manner beneficial to the party. Their record was mixed. The Democrats and Republicans alternated control of Congress, but only two Democratic presidents — Grover Cleveland (1884–1888, 1892–1896) and Woodrow Wilson (1912–1920) — were elected up to 1932. The Republican party's pro-business positions played well in the industrial North and Midwest, while the Democrats held the "solid South." The large number of immigrants who came to the United States, together with the growing industrial workforce, laid the basis for strong, largely Democratic political machines in New York, Chicago, and other large cities....
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course POSI 1310 taught by Professor Arnold during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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