Second Party System: Discuss the two dominant parties in this time period. What is a national convention and when was the first one? What happened to the Whig Party at the end of this period?
- Second Party System (1828-1852)
- ·Democrat Party: officially formed by 1828 to keep a ‘balance’ between pro-slave & anti-slave states, in an attempt to avoid conflict over this issue.
- ·Whig Party: formed by 1834 due to their hatred of Andrew Jackson. The leaders of this party had nothing else in common: one was anti-slave, one was pro-slave, and the other was both! One thing for sure is that this party was not committed to limited gov, as was the Republican Party that preceded it.
- ·First National Convention: held in 1831 by the Anti-Masonic Party. Party delegates from the states gathered to choose presidential & vice presidential candidates.