(Archive - Week of August 21, 2004)

When did the Republicans have their first national convention? 1856 (Philadelphia)

The Republican Party had its first national convention and nominated explorer John C. Fremont of California for president. The Republican Party was founded in 1854 by opponents of slavery unhappy with the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which overturned earlier limitations on the extension of slavery into the Western territories.

The first Republican platform was issued. It called for a prohibition on the extension of slavery into the territories and, more specifically, for the admission of Kansas as a free state. The platform stated that it is "the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the territories those twin relics of barbarism-polygamy and slavery."

What will the Republican platform be this year? Whatever it is, we should not believe them for a “New York minute.” What you will hear, you should not believe. What they will really be saying, "Let's try harder to make the rich Republicans richer, and make the rest of Americans poor."


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