Wisconsin and the Republican Party

By the 1840s, slavery had increasingly become a political issue tied to a number of other political objectives. The Free Soil Party, behind its 1848 candidate Martin Van Buren, broadened the party's appeal to include such goals as free homesteads to settlers, federal aid for internal improvements, and opposition to the extension of slavery into the territories. The many-sided aims of the Free Soil Party proved more popular in Wisconsin than in the nation as a whole, especially the movement against the expansion of slavery.

In 1854, Democratic senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois presented the Kansas-Nebraska bill, a... more...

Original Documents and Other Primary Sources

Link to article: A Wisconsin youth shares a bed with Abraham Lincoln in 1859.A Wisconsin youth shares a bed with Abraham Lincoln in 1859.
Link to article: Wisconsin Governor Jeremiah Rusk (1830-1893)Wisconsin Governor Jeremiah Rusk (1830-1893)
Link to article: Wisconsin delegates at the 1860 Republican conventionWisconsin delegates at the 1860 Republican convention
Link to article: A participant recalls the Ripon meeting of March 20, 1854A participant recalls the Ripon meeting of March 20, 1854
Link to article: German editors seek to foster unity among Republicans, 1858German editors seek to foster unity among Republicans, 1858
Link to article: Alvan Bovay is credited with founding the Republican party (1929)Alvan Bovay is credited with founding the Republican party (1929)
Link to book: What Republicans stood for in 1860.What Republicans stood for in 1860.
Link to book: Ripon celebrates 75 years of the Republican PartyRipon celebrates 75 years of the Republican Party
Link to book: The origin of the Republican Party in Ripon, 1914The origin of the Republican Party in Ripon, 1914
Link to book: A Wisconsin Republican leader repudiates slavery in 1860A Wisconsin Republican leader repudiates slavery in 1860
Link to images: Republican campaign tickets and other ephemera, 1864-1880Republican campaign tickets and other ephemera, 1864-1880
Link to manuscript: The infant Republican Party takes shape, 1857-58.The infant Republican Party takes shape, 1857-58.
Link to manuscript: Carl Schurz meets with Abraham Lincoln, July 1860Carl Schurz meets with Abraham Lincoln, July 1860
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