? asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 10 years ago

The Whig and Democratic Parties?

The Whig and Democratic parties wrestled with the problems of an expanding and changing nation. What sorts of people were attracted to each party and why? How did they differentiate themselves on the issues of the day (i.e. what was the ideology of each)?

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  • 10 years ago
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    The Whig party dissolved because they were divided over slavery becoming lawful in western U.S. territories. Some became Democrat's, others independents and others formed the Republican party. The Republicans supported worker rights among other social issues. The Democrats were more pro business than today. This is a bill passed by congress: "All persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall have the same right, in every state and territory, to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, and to the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of persons and property as is enjoyed by white citizens." Do you know what act this is? This act made it illegal to discriminate in jobs and housing in the U.S. This act was vetoed by Republican president Andrew Johnson. His veto was overridden by Republican members in his own party in 1866. It's the Civil Rights Act of 1866. Seems like political parties change a lot over time.

  • BruceN
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    10 years ago

    Whigs believed the nation should be ruled by a wealthy elite. Democrats believed the common people should rule. They are analogous to modern day Republicans and Democrats.

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