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Democrats and Whigs In the 1830s the rise of a new political party in America emerged During the presidency of Monroe there was little turbulence created by opposition parties Although there were no major opposing political parties during Monroes term the formation of parties began to occur during the Jacksonian democracy Jacksons opponents who came to make up the Whig party were strongly disturbed by his stubborn and harsh exercise of presidential power The Whigs condemned him as King Andrew I While the Whig party was developing the Democrats a strong group founded earlier by Jefferson were eager to challenge the Whigs The Whigs and the Democrats strongly opposed each others beliefs public policies and supporters Of the many issues the Whigs and the Democrats disagreed on slavery banking and tariffs were the most prominent arguments Southerners and south descendents in northern states generally supported the Democrats Farmers and Catholic immigrants from Ireland and Germany also supported them Generally the Democrats opposed a strong government tariffs were pro-slavery and wanted strong national banks New England citizens and their descendants those benefiting from the market economy and other northern Protestants generally supported the Whigs They supported a strong federal government that promotes economic and social goals tariffs transportation and weak banks The Democrats most strongly supported by Southerners did not oppose the issue of slavery They felt that slavery should be left to do what it would naturally evolve The Democrats let southerners know that slavery was safe as long as a Democratic Party committed to states rights was in power Along with the limitation of federal governmental power they believed in states rights Through states rights the Democrats believed that slavery was an issue the individual state should monitor not the national government The Whigs strongly opposed slavery Their supporters form the north thought slavery was immoral and unconstitutional After all through the Declaration of Independence all men were created equal The Whigs believed in
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