Democrats

Comparison Between Democrats and Republicans

Democrats: Liberal, community and social responsibility, robust government, believes in helping the poor, fears corporations has too much power over the government.


Republicans: Conservative, promotion of individual rights and justice, limited government, believes in helping the wealthy, fears the government has too much control over corporations.

1836 - 1850 and Election of 1860

- Liked everything the traditional way.

- Opposed Banks

- Ideology is slavery, states rights, agrarianism

- Big in the south


- Stephan Douglas opposing any interference of slavery

- John Breckenridge- Pro slavery

Gilded Age and Progressive Era

- Pro business

- Opposed of economic radicalism or reform

- Democrats dominated the House of Representatives


- Woodrow Wilson

- Belived Lassiez Faire was obsolete

- Political parties were singled out as a corrupt, undemocratic, outmoded, and inefficient.

New Deal and World War II

- Created a Democratic Party that would last for many years

- Advocating expanding social security benefits, minimum wage, public housing, and sponsoring scientific research.

- Split in two branches


- Maintained the traditional power base

- Took big government positions in the federal government

- Associated itself with the civil rights movement and voting rights act

Nixon's New Federalism and Reagan and The "New Right"

- Couldn't deal with the violence, political, and social issues caused by the Vietnam war.

- Advocated liberal social issues ( civil rights, reproductive rights, housing)


- Pro choice

- Supported environmental legislation, economic development, and power plants.