Whigs Vs Democrats

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Whigs Vs Democrats

  1. 1. Whigs Vs. Democrats By: Jason
  2. 2. Origins <ul><li>Both the Democratic and Whig parties originated from the Democratic-Republican Party that dominated politics in the early 1800s. </li></ul><ul><li>Both were factions that branched off from the Democratic-Republicans after the 1824 elections. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Importance <ul><li>This rivalry between parties was important because it started the Second Party System that we have in America today. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Democrats <ul><li>The Democratic Party was founded in 1828 and is the same party that exists today. </li></ul><ul><li>Andrew Jackson was the party’s first major leader. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Democratic Ideals <ul><li>Democrats were in favor of states’ rights and did not like the federal government’s involvement in social and economic affairs. </li></ul><ul><li>They were against the Protective Tariff and the national bank, which Jackson worked to bring down. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Democratic Ideals <ul><li>They glorified the individual and believed everyone could hold office. </li></ul><ul><li>Democrats also favored rapid territorial and external growth. </li></ul><ul><li>They supported the Mexican War. </li></ul><ul><li>Democrats still thought the ideal citizen was a regular farmer who made a living off the land. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Whigs <ul><li>The Whig Party was active from 1833 to 1856, when it broke into even more factions. </li></ul><ul><li>In the beginning, the party was held together by an opposition of Jackson. </li></ul><ul><li>Important members include Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, William Henry Harrison, and Zachary Taylor. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Whig Ideals <ul><li>The Whigs were in favor of a stronger federal government that was dominated by Congress. </li></ul><ul><li>They supported the Protective Tariff and the national bank. </li></ul><ul><li>Believed in the natural harmony of society and the value of community. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Whig Ideals <ul><li>Whigs were industrialists and nationalists, more common in the north. </li></ul><ul><li>They were in favor of gradual territorial expansion and internal improvements, like public schools and transportation. </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually, the Whig Party branched off into the Free Soil Party, the Know-Nothing Party, and the modern Republican Party. </li></ul>

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