Evolution of Political Parties

Events

Anti-Federalists

1789

Federalists

1789

Demise of the Federalist Party

1816

One-Party "Era of Good Feelings"

1820

National Republicans

1820

Jacksonian Democrats

1828

Anti-Mason Party

1828

Democrats

1832

was formerly known as the "Jacksonian Democrats" but the "Jacksonian" was dropped

Whig Party

1832

Would later split in spite of common dissent towards Andrew Jackson. North v. South

Liberty Party

1840

Cotton Whigs

1840

Southern Prospect of former Whig Party. Pro-Slavery

Conscience Whigs

1840

Northern prospect of former Whig Party. Anti-Slavery

Free Soil Party

1848

American "Know-Nothing" Party

1850

Republican Party

1856