Political Parties, Part 1. There are no political parties at the first presidential election. Federalist party is the first political party. The 19th Century Democrats become the 2nd American party. Growing sectionalism between the anti-slavery North and the pro-slavery South.The Republican Party emerges in 1854. Lincoln is elected in 1860 and the South secedes. The Civil War. Lincoln is reelected 1864, the war ends April 1865, and Lincoln is assassinated. Reconstruction. Republicans dominate and remain in power mostly until the Depression 1930s. The 20th Century. Progressive Era. Woodrow Wilson wins a split vote. The U.S. enters WWI which ends in 1917. The KKK becomes nationally strong in the 1920s. Herbert Hoover elected in 1928. The Democrats elect Franklin Roosevelt in a landslide in 1932 and again in 1936. Political Parties, Part 2. WWII ends the Great Depression. Spanish Civil War as a prelude to WWII. The rise of Nazism in Europe. FDR wins 3rd term in 1940, a 4th time in 1944 and dies on April 1945 just before the end of the war. President Harry Truman and the onset of the Cold War, re-elected in 1948. The rise and fall of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Dwight Eisenhower is elected president in 1952 and ends the Korean War stalemate in 1953, is reelected in 1956. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in 1963, VP Lyndon Johnson becomes President. The Modern Women's Rights Movement. Richard Nixon is elected President in 1968 on promise to end Vietnam War. Nixon is reelected in 1972 but quits in disgrace amid the Watergate scandal, is pardoned by Gerald Ford who replaces him. Democrat Jimmy Carter from the South wins in 1976. Ronald Reagan is elected in 1980 and reelected in 1984. Republican George Bush is elected President in1988. Southerner Bill Clinton is elected President in 1992, is violently attacked from day one, but reelected in 1996. Current issues.
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