Political Party During The 20th Century

1411 Words Apr 15th, 2016 6 Pages
In this day and age, the 20th century signifies a large part of American history. The events that occurred during that time period helped mold the United States into the world leader it is today. While the 20th century was dominated by Democratic leaders, the Republican party still had presidential icons such as Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Dwight Eisenhower. With the amounts of political pull on both sides, it raises the question as to which political party was more successful during the 20th century. Although determining the outcome of which political party performed better depended solely on the different circumstances that presented themselves during each party 's administrations, the Democratic party performed better with the growth of the economy and the success of their foreign policy, while Republicans had the better track record when it came to criminal justice.
The Republican and Democratic parties have not always had the same outlook on politics as they do today. Rewind all the way back to the 19th century and the roles are reversed, not only policy wise, but geographically as well. The northern states were largely consumed by Republicans, and the southern states predominantly consisted of Democrats. During the 1860s’, Republican’s pushed hard for the expansion of federal power, which in turn lead to the funding of the state university system, transcontinental railroad, and to the settlement of the West. However, the Southern Democrats largely opposed…
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