Your efforts to demonize are among the most hilarious anywhere on the internet. Well, that must be an exaggeration, lol. Still, my last post resulted in no less than 7 triggered replies by you! Seven, hahaha… I guess I should apologize to a lot of posters for causing that.
The Democratic-Republican Party
, known at the time as the Republican Party
and also referred to as the Jeffersonian Republican Party
among other names,[a]
was an American political party
founded by Thomas Jefferson
and James Madison
in the early 1790s that championed republicanism
, political equality, and expansionism
. The party became increasingly dominant after the 1800 elections
as the opposing Federalist Party
collapsed. The Democratic-Republicans splintered during the 1824 presidential election
. The majority faction of the Democratic-Republicans eventually coalesced into the modern Democratic Party
, while the minority faction ultimately formed the core of what became the Whig Party
…..From the foundation of the party, slavery divided the Democratic-Republicans. Many Southern Democratic-Republicans, especially from the Deep South, defended the institution. Jefferson and many other Democratic-Republicans from Virginia held an ambivalent view on slavery; Jefferson believed it was an immoral institution, but he opposed the immediate emancipation of all slaves on economic grounds.
Meanwhile, Northern Democratic-Republicans often took stronger anti-slavery positions than their Federalist counterparts, supporting measures like the abolition of slavery in Washington. In 1807, with President Jefferson's support, Congress outlawed
the international slave trade
, doing so at the earliest possible date allowed by the Constitution.
After the War of 1812, Southerners increasingly came to view slavery as a beneficial institution rather than an unfortunate economic necessity, further polarizing the party over the issue.
Anti-slavery Northern Democratic-Republicans held that slavery was incompatible with the equality and individual rights promised by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They further held that slavery had been permitted under the Constitution only as a local and impermanent exception, and thus, slavery should not be allowed to spread outside of the original thirteen states. The anti-slavery positions developed by Northern Democratic-Republicans would influence later anti-slavery parties, including the Free Soil Party
and the Republican Party
Some Democratic-Republicans from the border states, including Henry Clay
, continued to adhere to the Jeffersonian view of slavery as a necessary evil; many of these leaders joined the American Colonization Society
, which proposed the voluntary recolonization of Africa as part of a broader plan for the gradual emancipation of slaves.