Mrs. Ruland's Advanced Placement United States History Class

Second Two-Party System
Democrats v. Whigs, 1836 - 1850


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  1. The party of tradition.
  2. Looked backward to the past.
  3. Spoke to the fears of Americans
  4. Opposed banks and corporations as. state-legislated economic privilege.
  5. Opposed state-legislated reforms and preferred individual freedom of choice.
  6. Were Jeffersonian agrarians who favored farms and rural independence and the right to own slaves.
  7. Favored rapid territorial expansion over space by purchase or war.
  8. Believed in progress through external growth.
  9. Democratic ideology of agrarianism, slavery, states rights, territorial expansion was favored in the South.
  1. The party of modernization.
  2. Looked forward to the future.
  3. Spoke to the hopes of Americans.
  4. Wanted to use federal and state government to promote economic growth, especially transportation and banks.
  5. Advocated reforms such as temperance and public schools and prison reform.
  6. Were entrepreneurs who favored industry and urban growth and free labor.
  7. Favored gradual territorial expansion over time and opposed the Mexican War.
  8. Believed in progress through internal growth
  9. Whig ideology of urbanization, industrialization, federal rights, commercial expansion was favored in the North.



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