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« on: August 24, 2017, 03:22:20 am »

Before the Republican Party even existed, Vermont and Massachusetts were hardcore Whig states that have never voted Democrat until the Twentieth Century. Why the trend?

"As a North Carolinian born & bred, I think this makes perfect sense. If you get arrested, a cop should have every right to go through your phone. If you are doing something illegal and get caught, then sucks to be you." - Risa in the comments section for an article about cellphones on Forbes.com, not that I agree with her.

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2017, 09:45:40 am »

Whigs were generally (but far from exclusively) the more Northern-oriented, more antislavery party.  

I'm not entirely sure though.  I have been puzzled by the sharp partisan divides within New England during the Second Party System.  Why were New Hampshire and Maine such hardcore (Jacksonian) Democratic states?

Vermont and Massachusetts seemed to have been the most staunchly abolitionist states.  Even though there were antislavery Democrats in the North--and Whigs in the South were proslavery--Democrats tended to be the party associated with the Slave Power.  Few of the staunchest abolitionists were Democrats, while the most horribly racist defenders of slavery tended to belong the the party of Jackson.  That might have had something to do with why Vermont and Massachusetts were such Whig strongholds, but I'm not certain.
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