Six Dissociative Party System

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Throughout the history of the United States, there has been a total of six distinctive party systems. As the years went by, the political parties have experienced downturns and realignments. The first distinctive party emerged around the 1790s. The political parties were the Federalists and the Jeffersonian (Democratic) Republicans. The federalists formed in 1791 led by Alexander Hamilton, who were mainly New England merchants. They were for a strong central government, the newly written constitution, and the national bank. During the 1970s, the Federalists’ ideologies and beliefs were against the norms of society. The Federalist eventually collapsed and never held power again after 1801. Their opposing party was the Democratic-Republican Party led by Thomas Jefferson and former Anti-Federalists. They were for states’ rights and a loose constitution interpretation.They were used to the norms of society; therefore, they were not ready for the Federalists to change the nation. The nation had just gotten out of the Revolutionary War and gained their independence; therefore, they believed that the Federalists would lead them back to the crown. This was the major reason that the Jeffersonians had a strong opposition towards the Federalists. After the …show more content…

The Populist party was a result of these changes. The Populist party mainly consisted of small farmers, urban workers, and western miners. The Populist party had managed to carry candidates in at least twelve states. In 1896, the Democrats emerged with the Populist party, nominating William Jennings Bryan, and the Republicans nominating William McKinley. After the Republican victory in the presidential election, they became the party of businesses, advocating low taxes and a minimum government interference. Until the Great Depression, the Republicans would dominate the government for at least three

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