ABOUT The Republican Party
The Start of The Grand Old Party
The GOP was founded in 1854 by opponents of the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which allowed for the potential expansion of chattel slavery into the western territories. The party supported classical liberalism, opposed the expansion of chattel slavery, and supported economic reform. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president. Under the leadership of Lincoln and a Republican Congress, chattel slavery was banned in the United States in 1865. The Party was generally
of the GOP The Grand Old Party
A Short Biography
Slavery and the Republicans
In the 1850s, the issue of slavery—and its extension into new territories and states joining the Union—ripped apart these political coalitions. During this volatile period, new political parties briefly surfaced, including the Free Soil and the American (Know-Nothing) parties.
March 20, 1854
It all Starts
In 1854, opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which would permit slavery in new U.S. territories by popular referendum, drove an antislavery coalition of Whigs, Free-Soilers, Americans and disgruntled Democrats to found the new Republican Party, which held its first meeting in Ripon, Wisconsin that May. Two months later, a larger group met in Jackson, Michigan, to choose the party’s first candidates for statewide office.
The parties goals
The Republican goal was not to abolish slavery in the South right away, but rather to prevent its westward expansion, which they feared would lead to the domination of slave holding interests in national politics.
November 6, 1860
In the 1860 election, a split between Southern and Northern Democrats over slavery propelled the Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln to victory, though he won only around 40 percent of the popular vote. Even before Lincoln could be inaugurated, seven Southern states seceded from the Union, beginning the process that would lead to the Civil War.
Over the course of the Civil War, Lincoln and other Republicans began to see the abolition of slavery as a strategic move to help them win the war. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and by war’s end, the Republican majority in Congress would spearhead the passage of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.
What We Believe
The Republican Party Believes that all power lies with the individual and the ability of the individual to make chart there own future without all-powerful government that is willing to do everything for you and leaving you with less freedom
Low Taxes Helps individuals and families have the ability to pool themselves out of poverty and create opportunity
All humans are born with unalienable Rights and that includes the unborn, we as a society need to protect those who are voiceless and can’t defend them selves
The First Amendment after the 2-second amendment is the most important we should have the right to voice our opinions without fear of appraisal from our government
The strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored.
free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.
Government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
The proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations and that the best government is that which which governs least.
The most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.
Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.
Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.
The Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.