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I know what you're thinking, I'm a far-left, liberal moon bat. I want to stir things up, and make it seem like the Republicans are tearing themselves apart, all to further my ends of seeing to it that President Obama is re-elected. Well, yes. But don't take it from me. Take it from some folks on the right. . .
The Republican Party Becomes the Whig Party
In 1831, Henry Clay formed a new political party. He called it the Whig Party. His goal was to ensure Jeffersonian democracy and fight President Andrew Jackson, a Democrat. Over the course of the next 20 years, the Whig Party achieved several presidential victories. But as slavery assumed more and more national importance in the political debate, the Whig Party began to shatter. Southern Whigs were slave owners; Northern Whigs were industrial gurus who hated slavery. In 1849, the Illinois Whig leader, one Abraham Lincoln, quit politics completely in frustration with the party's inability to come together. With the Compromise of 1850, in which Whig leaders strengthened the Fugitive Slave Act on the one hand and admitted California as a free state on the other, the Whig Party was fractured beyond repair. . .
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