A timeline of significant historical events.
Created by deschmidt on Nov 14, 2010
Last updated: 11/14/10 at 05:59 PM
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Al Gore won the popular vote, but lost the presidency to George W. Bush.
Bill Clinton won the presidency and marked the emergence of a "new" Democratic party which was built on a coalition of labor, women, minorities, moderates, Reagan Democrats and the south.
Defeated Jimmy Carter. He instituted budget and tax cuts, and increased military spending and oversaw the largest military buildup during peacetime in American history.
Jimmy Carter, a southern Democrat won the presidency after Nixon's scandal.
Nixon was reelected but resigned due to charges of corruption.
Democrats nominated George McGovern, whose liberal views upset labor unions and more conservative groups.
John F. Kennedy narrowly defeated Richard Nixon.
Roosevelt died in office and was succeeded by Harry Truman.
Democrats made an effort to gain influence among urban voting blocs. Economic depression began which helped elect, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Herbert Hoover was elected to president in the first election since the Civil War.
Dollar Diplomacy was born under William Howard Taft.
Marcus A. Hanna rose to leadership as the Republican party's national chairman.
The positions of both parties were not that different.
American electorate had become disenchanted with the radical wing of the Republican Party and its policies of Reconstruction.
Republicans chose Ulysses S. Grant as their candidate, and he easily won, but his terms were marked by excess, corruption, and scandal.
Democratic Party split. Northern Democrats nominated Stephen A. Douglas, and Southern Democrats nominated John C. Breckenridge. Because of this, Abraham Lincoln was elected.
Delegates met in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to write the party's first platform, which opposed the repeal of the Missouri Compromise and any further extension of slavery. John C. Fremont selected as the party's first presidential candidate.
Present Day Republican Party formed in Jackson, Michigan when Northern Democrats, members of the Whig Party, and opponents of the Kansas Nebraska Act came together.
Democrats lost the White House only twice in 1840 and 1848. This time period brought about the issue of slavery, sectionalism, and state rights.
Election saw a shift to the party factions in the south and west. Andrew Jackson won the nomination.
Democratic-Republicans were so powerful that James Monroe was elected without opposition.
The Jeffersonians were the first people to call themselves Democrats. They became a national party in 1800, and in this election year, an alliance between southern farmers and urban Northerners was created.