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???
____________________ War Means Fighting And Fighting Means Killing - N. B. Forrest
When war does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." Stonewall Jackson
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.
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.
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.