Compare And Contrast The Republican Party And The Populist Party

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An opposing party with very different views is the Republican Party. Jacob Merritt Howard created the name of the Republican Party during the mid-1850’s. This party emerged due to numerous non-popular groups breaking apart since, during that time, the question of slavery arose. The Republican Party and the Democratic Party have been rivals for many years. When formed, the Republican Party consisted of anti-slavery activists, ex-Free Soilers, and ex-Whigs. Republican’s believe in free enterprise, free business, free capitalism, and restrictions to labor unions. Many Republican ideas have Christian undertones. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president and held office for one term. The Republicans during the Civil War strongly …show more content…
After the Populist movement, in the 1890’s, the Populist Party emerged to represent the interests of farmers and workers. This party was essentially formed because the people believed that the major parties were not helping them at all. The people wanted to voice their opinions and wanted to have a party that benefited them. The Populist Party became increasingly popular in the Southwest and Great Plains. However, in the South it was harder for them to gain support since they were against the monopoly of the Democratic Party. The Populists supported an increase in currency issue, control of railroads however they also criticized capitalism. They became allies with many labor unions in the North. For the 1896 Presidential election, the Populists decided to endorse the Democratic nominee. Since they joined the Democrats, the Populists were not a separate group anymore and disappeared. In 1904, the party reorganized and their presidential nominee was Thomas Watson. They nominated him in 1908 as well, and not soon later, the party dispersed into what is today the Democratic …show more content…
However, many of these presidents have also been very influential. An important president in America’s history was Andrew Jackson. He made some very monumental changes to America. Being a Democrat, he felt very strongly about taxes and tariffs. As a result, he passed the Tariff Act in 1832, which forever altered our economy. This Tariff was enacted to right the wrongs done by the Tariff Act of 1828. The Tariff Act of 1828 supported the economy of the North and not of the South. What the Act or 1832 attempted to do was make it so that the South was not feeling underrepresented. This was all in an attempt to keep the Union together a little bit longer until the government could satisfy both the North and the South at the same time without going to

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