Democrat Evolution

Matt Hefner


Second Two-Party System 1836 - 1850

The first notice of the Democrats was during 1836 when they opposed the whigs. They opposed banks and corporations and believed in external growth.

Mid 19th Century

Parties began to split into multiple groups due to the disputes over slavery.

Election of 1860

Democrats and Republicans made platforms in which, Democrats formed a pro-slavery platform vs. Republicans who opposed slavery.

Glided Age

Parties began to show many similarities and blurred together as a similar platform.

The Political Legacy of the New Deal

Southern Conservative Democrats are now known as "Dixiecrats"

Post-World War 2 Politics

Democrats maintain traditional power base of organized labor, urban voters, and immigrants. Associates themselves with the growing civil rights movements.

Nixon's New Federalism

Unable to help post Vietnam War problems. Advocate a range of "liberal" social issues, like civil rights, fair housing, etc.

Reagan and the "New Right"

Supports environment legislation, Pro choice movement - defending woman's right to bear a child. - Affirmative Action : use of racial quotas to "balance" the workforce.

Democrats vs. Republicans


- Minimum wages, higher tax to those with higher income.

- Social idea based on community and social responsibility

-Decrease military spending

-Support gay marriage

-Government: regulations are needed to protect consumers


- Taxes shouldn't be increased for anyone

- Social and human idea based on individual rights and justice

-increase military spending

-Against gay marriage

- Government: regulations hinder free market and capitalism and job growth.