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"THE political parties which I style great are those which cling to principles rather than to their consequences; to general, and not to special cases; to ideas, and not to men . . . . America has had great parties, but she has them no longer."1De Tocqueville based this opinion upon his observations of American politics in 1831, but the appearance of the Whig party in 1834 in no sense lessened its pertinence. Principles had little part in the origins of the Whig party. Except for occasional periods of economic depression, the majority of voters were Democratic,2 and therefore, in order to have any prospect of success, the opposition to the Democrats developed as an alliance of all who were dissatisfied with the Democratic control of the____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Origins of the Whig Party. Contributors: E. Malcolm Carroll - Author. Publisher: Duke University Press. Place of publication: Durham, NC. Publication year: 1925. Page number: 171.
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