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Early History of the Republican Party
A discussion about the ideals of the early Republican party.
# 128852 | 4,269 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper traces the founding, beliefs and early history of the Republican party in the United States, focusing on the years between 1854 and 1865. The party's outlook is compared to the Jacksonian Democratic ideal of that time. An in-depth analysis of the Republican Party Platform of 1856 is given and discussed at length in relation to the opposition to slavery and other issues. The paper also examines the role of economics in shaping the platform of the early Republican party. The paper includes a brief dicussion of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and concludes by refering to the Civil War as the culmination of the party's desires.

Free White Men
American Moral Absolutes

From the Paper:

"The ideals of the conflicts between parties and individuals are eloquently demonstrated in primary and secondary source work of the period as well as more modern secondary sources and represents conflict and creation in the development of the nation and the parties that dominate the political thoughts of the nation, even today. Politically, the war established the supremacy of the Republican Party in national politics for much of the next fifty years. Socially, the war saw significant gains in African American rights, especially in a legal sense. Constitionally, the war established the supremacy of the federal government over the states. Thus, the Civil war did in fact represent a political, social and constitutional revolution in America."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bilotta, James D. Race and the Rise of the Republican Party, 1848-1865. New York: Peter Lang, 1992.
  • Brown, David. "Attacking Slavery from Within: The Making of the Impending Crisis of the South." Journal of Southern History 70, no. 3 (2004): 541.
  • Crandall, Andrew Wallace. The Early History of the Republican Party. Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1930.
  • Foner, Eric. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Gienapp, William E, The Origins of the Republican Party: 1852-1856 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987).

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