The Republican Party: Overall Issues, 1860-1868 Essay

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The Republican Party: Overall Issues, 1860-1868

The Republican Party: Overall Issues, 1860-1868


The Republican party during the 1860's was known as the party more
concerned with "civil rights" and the common American. This came about through
a series of sweeping changes in the party that occurred during two major time
periods: the 1860-1864 and 1864-1868. The changes in the party reflected the
attitude in the North as opposed to the confederate, democratic South. The main
issue that divided the two was slavery and its implications for control of the
nation.
The best illustration of the party's anti-slavery sentiment (as
contrasted to abolitionism) in 1860, is the fact that although the party was
against slavery , it refused to attempt to stamp it out of the regions it was
already present. For example, in the Republican Party Platform for 1860, the
party states its abhorrence for slavery and declares that slavery should not be
instituted into new territories, but it never tries to outlaw it from Southern
states.
"That the normal conditions of all the territory of the United States is
that of freedom...and we deny the authority of Congress, of a territorial
legislature or of any individuals, to give existence to Slavery in any Territory
of the United States."
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