United States Political Parties in 1850s (Gilded Age) Chart/ Notes
United States Political Parties in 1850s (Gilded Age) Chart/ Notes
Democratic Party
(1800–present)
• Favored national economic development
• Opposed Andrew Jackson
• Antislavery members left in the 1850s

Know-Nothings
or The American
Party
(1843–1856)
• Opposed to immigration
• Joined by antislavery Whigs
• Took a proslavery platform in 1856

Free-Soil Party
(1847–1854)
• Took a proslavery platform in 1856
• Worked to prevent slavery in the western territories
• Formed by antislavery Democrats and Whigs

Republican Party
(1854–present)
• Worked to prevent slavery in the western territories
• Formed by antislavery Democrats and Whigs
• Absorbed into the new Republican Party

Whig Party
(1834–1852)
• Opposed strong central government
• Divided over slavery issue in the 1850s

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