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p. 282. A brief history of American political partieslocked

  • L. Sandy Maisel

Abstract

‘A brief history of American political parties’ traces the development of the modern political parties in the US from the initial emergence of parties as the Founders differed on policies they believed served the nation's best interests. The modern day Democratic Party has been transformed from its early manifestation as the Democratic-Republican Party, whilst the Republican Party was formed as a result of the division over the issue of slavery and eclipsed earlier parties such as the National Republicans and Whigs as the major alternative to the Democrats. The subsequent widening of the franchise impacted on the character of both parties.

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