Parties in the USA

By Madison Stueve, Audrey Brown, James Beiter

A democratic cartoon from 1833 shows Jackson destroying the bank with his "order for the removal".

An excerpt from Henry clays "in defense of the American system" paper. Henry clay was the founder of the Whig party and in the "American Sys

An excerpt from Henry clays "in defense of the American system" paper. Henry clay was the founder of the Whig party and in the "American System" he writes about how nationalism and is still one of our nations most historically significant examples of a government-sponsored program to harmonize and balance the nation's agriculture, commerce, and industry. The "American System" is broken into three parts: a tariff to protect the American industry, a national bank for commerce, and federal subsidies to develop profitable markets for agriculture.

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An 1840 woodcut print satirizes the Whig Party and its efforts to manipulate the image of U.S. presidential candidate William Henry Harrison. This rare cartoon portrays two influential Whigs, Virginia congressman Henry A. Wise (right) and Kentucky senator Henry Clay as they pull the strings of a "dancing-jack" toy figure of Harrison in military uniform.

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The long range significance of the parties is that they were the foundation of our current political parties.

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In the early stages of the U.S. government, political parties were rapidly forming and dissolving. There were no stable groups. These groups over time merged into the modern democratic and republican parties that exist today. With the dissolution of the democratic-Republican Party, which had been the only political party in the U.S. For over a decade, it's members developed seperate interests and views. This caused factions to develop in support of certain candidates with different political views. Supporting John Adams eventually evolved into the national-Republican Party, while supporters of Andrew Jackson would later become the Democratic Party. The national Republican Party eventually merged with the antimasonic party, which was the first third party in the U.S. After Henry clays defeat in the presidential election a new party formed called the Whig party. The Whig party was in opposition to the Democratic Party and later became today's Republican Party.