The History of the Democratic Party

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The presidential election of 1800-in which Thomas Jefferson challenged John Adams in his bid for reelection to the presidency-would prove one of the most significant in American history. It was the first election in which political parties played an important role. Jefferson's party, which he called the Republican Party, was only the first iteration of what is today the modern Democratic Party. Over time, the party has remade itself, adapting to the issues of the day and the preferences of its changing ...
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Overview

The presidential election of 1800-in which Thomas Jefferson challenged John Adams in his bid for reelection to the presidency-would prove one of the most significant in American history. It was the first election in which political parties played an important role. Jefferson's party, which he called the Republican Party, was only the first iteration of what is today the modern Democratic Party. Over time, the party has remade itself, adapting to the issues of the day and the preferences of its changing constituency. Now the oldest political party in the United States and among the oldest political parties in the world, it is a fixture in American politics, from the local to the national level.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debbie Levy
This entry in "The U.S. Government: How It Works" series aims to review more than 200 years of American political history through the lens of one of the nation's political parties. Wagner, who has written other excellent titles in this series, "The U.S. Government: How It Works," does a good job here. Starting with the emergence of Thomas Jefferson's Republicans and Alexander Hamilton's Federalists, she traces Jefferson's party—which evolved into the Democratic Party—from the early days of the republic, through divisions over slavery, into the twentieth century to the present day. The book does a good job explaining the rise and fall of the Whig Party and its relationship to the Democratic Party. Perhaps because of the dual-track nature of the topic—American history with an overlay of Democratic Party history—the text suffers in places from repetition. At the same time, certain events, particularly America's wars, and how they affected and were affected by, the Democratic Party, would have benefited from additional analysis. Mostly black-and-white photographs and prints depict some of the party's presidential leaders. The sole color photograph of a Democratic president shows Bill Clinton in a particularly unflattering pose, which strikes an odd note in an otherwise even-handed treatment of a partisan subject. Back matter includes a glossary, bibliography, and suggestions for further reading. Reviewer: Debbie Levy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791094198
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: U. S. Government Series: How It Works
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Party Politics     7
Jefferson's Republicans     16
A Party Divided     31
Slavery and the Democratic Party     47
War and Politics     60
A New Deal     70
Changing Society     83
The Modern Democratic Party     96
Glossary     107
Bibliography     110
Further Reading     112
Picture Credits     114
Index     115
About the Author     120
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