Essay heading: Formation of Political Parties

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In the late 1820's, the dominant wing of a divided Democratic-Republican Party, led by President Andrew Jackson, deserted the Republican portion of their party, taking the name Democrat and making Jackson the first Democratic President to be elected to office in 1828. In 1854, antislavery supporters dissatisfied with the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which allowed each territory to decide its own position on slavery, formed a new party and adopted the Republican name...
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They were joined by individuals who felt the U.S. government should grant land in the western states to settlers for free. The term republican derives from the Latin phrase res publica and means "public thing," or "public affair" and was adopted because it reminded Republicans of Jefferson's Democratic-Republican Party (GOP...
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