The Birth of the Republican Party

First there was a pro-slavery Democratic party, which had packed the courts (It is hard for me to read this in The Kidnapping Club, as I have been a staunch Democrat since the moment I could vote)

  • An antislavery branch of the Democratic Party was created in 1853, calling itself the Free Democratic League, “a party that would adhere to the principle that America as a nation operated under the basic idea that freedom was the fundamental assumption, and that slavery could only exist under local laws. In addition to declaring itself anti-slavery, the league advocated the construction of a railroad to the Pacific, the establishment of cheap overseas postage, the welcoming of immigrants, the reduction of taxes and crime, and a host of other measures.” The League dissolved in 1854 and many of its prospective members joined the new Republican party.

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