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The Two Party System

Matt McCroskey

2nd period APUSH

Mr. Fisher


Intro background
Intro/background

  • Most subtantial change after 1840 election

  • Two party system couldn't have occurred during era of good feelings

    • Jeffersonians did such a good job of absorbing opposition into democratic republican partyg

  • Whigs wanted to break away from Jacksonian policies

    • Jackson's stretching of power turned off Whigs, needed to create a separte, strong party

      • e.g. removal of national bank, Indian Removal Act, etc.


Democrats vs whigs ideas rooted in democratic republican party

Whigs

Promoted community values, co-operation

Willing to use gov't to realize objectives

Federal Rights

Renewed national bank, public schools, internal improvements, etc.

Moral Reforms

Prohibition, abolishing slavery

Usually more prosperous

Democrats Vs. Whigs -Ideas rooted in Democratic Republican party

Democrats

  • Wanted to protect patronage

  • State's rights, limited federal gov't

  • Usually lower income


Similarities between the 2 parties
Similarities between the 2 parties

  • Both were “Catchall” parties

    • Tried to get as many voters to vote for their specific cause

    • Commanded voters from all social classes

      • Social Diversity within the parties

  • Geological diversity prevented sectionalism

    • Both parties spread across whole country

    • Temporarily prevented issue of slavery

  • Extremely powerful parties that would stay around until before the civil war


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