The Evolution of Political Parties

Events

Anti-Federalist

1789

Federalists

Approx. 1789

Demise of the Federalist Party

1816

National Republican Party

1820

"Era of Good Feeling"

Approx. 1820

Anti-Mason Party

1828

Jacksonian Democrats

1828

Whigs

1832

Democrats

1832

Liberty Party

1840

Cotton Whigs

1840

Conscience Whigs

1840

Free Soil Party

1848

The American Party ("Know Nothing" Party)

1850

a.k.a the "Know Nothing" Party

Republican Party

1856