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 Posted: Thu Dec 4th, 2008 12:26 am
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ive been reading about the history of NC and one of the books i have says that in the 1800's the parties were either Democratic or Whig. well i know what the Democratic and Republican parties are but what is Whig?? is it a combination of the two or something completely different???



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 Posted: Thu Dec 4th, 2008 01:26 am
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Lincoln was a Whig before he was a Republican. They tended to favor greater government involvement with a strong emphasis on development of the American economy. They were the enemies of Andrew Jackson.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whig_Party_(United_States)



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 Posted: Thu Dec 4th, 2008 01:37 am
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In the 1850s the Republicans were formed from smaller parties, including the Whigs. One thing you might remember is that, at the time, the Whigs and Republicans were the progressives aiming toward more government involvement, while the Democrats wanted all such limited.

And here you have to recognize that there were Southern Democrats and Northern Democrats and Constitutionalists and bunches of little parties. As then, as now, you'd get the maverick who would buck his party for one reason or another.

Nobody fit nor fits in a box that can be labeled.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 4th, 2008 02:12 am
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thank you for the link Duke, i guess that answers my question



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 Posted: Thu Dec 4th, 2008 04:07 pm
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Ole:

while the Democrats wanted all such limited

I'd qualify that all for most issues, except slavery.



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I'd qualify that all for most issues, except slavery.
Although slavery was supported by the Democrats, it was more a matter of resisting government intervention; i.e., being a Democrat didn't make one pro-slavery, just as being a Whig or Republican didn't make one an abolitionist.

Just another complication for Dixie Girl to chew on.

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The issue of slavery did help to doom the Whig party, thus aiding the creation of the Republican Party. Southern whigs wished to extend slavey while the northern wanting to abolish it.

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