Political Parties in 1850s uss10



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Political Parties in 1850s

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Main Idea: In the mid-1850s, the issue of slavery and other factors split political parties and led to the birth of new ones.

Old Political Parties




Whigs - Gen. Winfield Scott



DemocratsFranklin Pierce



Nativism




Know-Nothing Party




Anti-Slavery Parties Form


Free Soil Party (formed 1848)



Republican Party




1856 Election

Whigs had dissolved – they split into other parties




Republican

John C. Fremont


Democrat

James Buchanan


Know-Nothing

Millard Fillmore

(Former Whig President)


Results:
Buchanan: 45% popular vote (won the entire south except Maryland)

Fremont: 33% (carried 11 of 16 free states)

Fillmore: 22%





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