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A History of the Republican Party by Platt

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================================= A History of the Republican Party by George Washington Platt =================================

[Frontispiece: Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley.]

A History

OF THE

Republican Party

BY

GEO. W. PLATT

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"And summon from the shadowy Past, The forms that once have been."

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C. J. KREHBIEL & CO., CINCINNATI, O. 1904

Copyright, 1904, by GEO. W. PLATT. All rights reserved.

Inscribed

to the Memory of

the three Martyred Republican Presidents

LINCOLN, GARFIELD, McKINLEY.

PREFACE.

Early in February, 1900, the writer delivered an address before the Stamina Republican League of Cincinnati on "The Origin and Rise of the Republican Party." The interest in the subject shown by the audience and the many words of approbation led to a deeper consideration of the history of the Party, and the address was repeated on a more elaborate plan before many other organizations in Cincinnati and vicinity.

It soon became apparent that the great majority of every audience had very vague recollections of the tragic events which led to the organization of the Party, and of its early history, owing perhaps to the fact that they belonged to a generation that had followed the enactment of those events. It was also clear that those who had lived in the momentous decade before the Civil War were deeply interested and stirred by a new recital of the history of that period, and thus it was suggested that a History of the Republican Party might prove of interest and value.

Like the place of Homer's birth that of the Republican Party is in dispute, but it is believed that the facts herein narrated are supported by the weight of evidence.

It is hoped that this work does not display so much partisanship as to make it uninteresting to members of other political parties in the United States.

GEO. W. PLATT. Cincinnati, February, 1904.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER. PAGE I. Formative Causes .......................................... 5 II. Ancient and Modern Slavery ................................ 11 III. Beginning of Slavery in the United States ................. 22 IV. The Early Federal Government .............................. 28 V. The Missouri Compromise ................................... 42 VI. The Abolitionists ......................................... 51 VII. Compromise of 1850 ........................................ 59 VIII. Birth of the Republican Party ............................. 70 IX. First Republican National Convention ...................... 86 X. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates ............................... 101 XI. Lincoln ................................................... 112 XII. Reconstruction and the National Debt ...................... 135 XIII. Grant ..................................................... 148 XIV. Hayes ..................................................... 170 XV. Garfield and Arthur ....................................... 185 XVI. Blaine .................................................... 201 XVII. Harrison .................................................. 213 XVIII. Cleveland's Second Term ................................... 230 XIX. McKinley .................................................. 244 XX. Roosevelt ................................................. 285


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