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The Two Party System Matt McCroskey 2 nd period APUSH Mr. Fisher. Intro/background. Most subtantial change after 1840 election Two party system couldn\'t have occurred during era of good feelings

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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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