The Democratic Party

1213 Words Sep 6th, 2016 5 Pages
The Democratic Party was formed in 1792. Its name was adopted in the 1830s during Jackson’s presidency. It is the “world’s oldest existing political party” (Democratic Party). The Northern and Southern Democrats had issues dealing with slavery, which caused them to split in 1860. According to the “Democratic Party”, the Southern Democrats wanted to protect “slavery in all the territories while many Northern Democrats resisted.” The party was also known as the "white man 's party" and demonized the Republican Party as being "Negro dominated," even though whites were in control” (Democratic Party). The party’s platform deals with a lot of controversial topics. For example, abortion. Democrats believe “Abortion rights are “fundamental constitutional liberty” and abortion should be available regardless of a woman’s ability to pay” (ABC News). They believe that abortion is completely up to the parents of the child. Another example is education. They want “affordable preschool for all children, higher teacher salaries, higher standards for teachers, students and states, triple number of charter schools, [and] let more parents choose from among public schools” (ABC News). In 2015, “the President announced a landmark proposal to make community college free to anyone who is willing to work for it” (@TheDemocrats). They want to make it easier for children attending school and allow teachers to earn a better salary. Another issue is gay rights. The Democrats are all for them. They…
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