The Early History of the Republican Party

The Early History of the Republican Party

The Early History of the Republican Party

The Early History of the Republican Party

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The ensuing monograph was prepared as a doctor's thesis at the University of Pennsylvania. Although a great deal has been written on the origin and development of the Republican Party, there has been, formerly, no attempt at an exhaustive study of its early years. The adding of a large amount of information to the sum total on the subject has not been a difficult task. The author feels that the justification of his work lies in its contribution to the knowledge of three primary phases of his subject: the evolution of the Republican national machine; the adaptation, manufacture, and distribution of propaganda; and the political battle waged in the campaign of 1856.

In the first place, the author wishes to express his gratitude to the librarians and custodians of the various libraries and historical societies where his materials have been found. Their uniform willingness to assist, and the valuable suggestions and criticisms offered by some, have, to a large extent, made this study possible.

The author wishes further to acknowledge his debt to Professor St. George L. Sioussat of the University of Pennsylvania under whose direction the research was done. Professor Roy F. Nichols, also of the University of Pennsylvania, has given unsparingly of his time, and from his broad knowledge of the politics of the period has contributed much valuable criticism. Professor A. E. McKinley and Dean Herman V. Ames have also aided in some phases of the work. Professor W. W. Sweet of the University of Chicago has read and criticised part of the manuscript. The author also wishes to acknowledge his indebtedness to Professor W. A. Huggard of the Department of English Composition of DePauw University for reading and criticising the composition of the manuscript.

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