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20 Facts About the Democratic Party

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The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

The political parties in the United States are political parties in American politics that were mostly dominated by a two-party system.

"Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic ... by Apollo Snarfiscus

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Tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison's Democratic-Republican Party, the modern-day Democratic Party was founded around 1828, making it the world's oldest active party.

The Democratic-Republican Party was the American political party in the 1790s that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison formed in opposition to the centralizing policies of the Federalist party.

James Madison Jr. was a political theorist, American statesman, and the fourth President of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

The History of the Democratic Party by Khan Academy

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The Democrats' once dominant worldview was classical liberalism, while, especially in the rural South, populism was its leading characteristic.

Classical liberalism is a political ideology and a branch of liberalism which advocates civil liberties and political freedom with representative democracy under the rule of law and emphasizes economic freedoms found in economic liberalism which is also called free market capitalism.

Populism is a political ideology that holds that virtuous citizens are mistreated by a small circle of elites, who can be overthrown if the people recognize the danger and work together.

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In the 1890s, under the influence of its three-time defeated presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan and the Populist Party, the party moved to the left from an economic point of view and, since Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal coalition in the 1930s, it has promoted a social-liberal platform, supporting social justice.

William Jennings Bryan was an American orator and politician from Nebraska, and a dominant force in the populist wing of the Democratic Party, standing three times as the Party's nominee for President of the United States.

The New Deal coalition was the alignment of interest groups and voting blocs in the United States that supported the New Deal and voted for Democratic presidential candidates from 1932 until the late 1960s.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States, from 1933 to 1945.

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Well into the 20th century, the party had conservative pro-business and southern conservative-populist anti-business wings.

Conservatism as a political and social philosophy promotes retaining traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization.

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The New Deal Coalition of 1932–1964 attracted strong support from voters of recent European extraction—many of whom were Catholics based in the cities.

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After Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal the business wing withered outside the South.

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After the racial turmoil of the 1960s most southern whites and many northern Catholics moved into the Republican Party at the presidential level.

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The once-powerful labor union element became smaller and less supportive after 1970.

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White evangelicals and Southerners became heavily Republican at the state and local level in the 1990s.

Evangelicalism, Evangelical Christianity, or Evangelical Protestantism is a worldwide, transdenominational movement within Protestant Christianity maintaining that the essence of the gospel consists in the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ's atonement.

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However, African Americans became a major Democratic element after 1964.

African Americans are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

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After 2000, Latin Americans, Asians, the LGBTQI community, single women and professional women moved toward the party as well.

LGBT, or GLBT, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.

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The Northeast and West Coast became Democratic strongholds by 1990 after the Republicans stopped appealing to socially liberal voters there.

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Overall the Democratic Party has retained a membership lead over its major rival the Republican Party.

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Today, the House Democratic caucus is composed mostly of progressives and centrists, with a smaller minority of conservative Democrats.

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The party's philosophy of modern liberalism advocates social and economic equality, along with the welfare state.

The welfare state is a concept of government in which the state plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the social and economic well-being of its citizens.

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It seeks to provide government intervention and regulation in the economy.

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These interventions, such as the introduction of social programs, support for labor unions, moves toward universal health care and equal opportunity, consumer protection, and environmental protection form the core of the party's economic policy.

Universal health care, sometimes referred to as universal health coverage, universal coverage, or universal care, usually refers to a health care system which provides health care and financial protection to all citizens of a particular country.

Equal opportunity is a stipulation that all people should be treated similarly, unhampered by artificial barriers or prejudices or preferences, except when particular distinctions can be explicitly justified.

Health care or healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in human beings.

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The party has united with smaller left-wing regional parties throughout the country such as Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota and the Nonpartisan League in North Dakota.

Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, often in opposition to social hierarchy and social inequality.

North Dakota is the 39th state of the United States, having been admitted to the union on November 2, 1889.

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There have been 15 Democratic presidents: the first was Andrew Jackson, who served from 1829 to 1837.

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