A Sea-Change in American Politics?
pfink at albanylaw.edu
Sun Jan 21 11:27:20 PST 2007
Actually Republicans did not "replace" the Whigs; it was far more
complicated; Republicans emerged after Whigs virtually disappeared; In
part Republicans also replaced Free Soil Democrats; and in the South
most Whigs had turned to KNow-Nothings, then Democrats.
The Constitutional Union Party might have had a chance to win in 1860 --
it won more electorial votes than Stephen A. Douglas did.
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>>> Dennis Goldford <dennis.goldford at drake.edu> 01/21/07 11:28 AM >>>
The last time there was an actual replacement was in the 1850s, when
the Republicans replaced the Whigs. We've had only 5 major political
parties in the U.S. (i.e., parties with a realistic chance of
capturing control of one or more branches of the federal government),
all born before the Civil War: the Democratic-Republicans
(Jeffersonians), the Federalists (Hamilton), the Whigs, the
Democrats, and the Republicans.
At 10:48 AM -0500 1/21/07, RJLipkin at aol.com wrote:
> Can anyone direct me to sources describing and
>explaining circumstances in which a new political party replaced one
>of the two existing parties? Also has there ever been a really
>serious third party presidential election. I familiar with some of
>the attempts, but can't recall whether any of those parties had a
>realistic chance of prevailing. Thanks.
>Robert Justin Lipkin
>Professor of Law
>Widener University School of Law
>Ratio Juris, Contributor: <http://ratiojuris.blogspot.com/>
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