*Explains the history of the Democratic Party from the Revolution to Obama*Analyzes the policies of Democratic Presidents like Jackson, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson and Clinton.*Explains the way the Democratic Party's voting blocs and party platform have transformed from Jefferson to Obama. *Includes pictures*Includes a Table of ContentsI hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together. William Jennings BryanAs the oldest political party in the United States, the Democratic Party has been one of the nations major political parties for over 150 years, and diverse men and ideas have fallen under its tent since the 19th century. Today the Democrats are generally viewed as proponents of a strong, centralized federal government, and yet the forerunner of the modern party was none other than Thomas Jefferson, the man most associated with states rights and limited government. With its Jeffersonian background, the party championed farmers, and Andrew Jacksons populist era made the Party home to urban workers and new immigrants. Eventually sectional splits weakened the Democrats, and when the fledgling Republican Party took power under Abraham Lincoln in 1861, it ushered in an era in which the Democrats only elected 2 presidents over a 70 year span. However, Reconstruction ensured that the Democrats maintained an almost unbreakable level of support in the old Confederate states, and they used the Solid South to wield power in Congress for decades. 150 years after the Civil War, the Democratic Partys current voting bloc (strongly reliant on minorities) and their base of power (the Northeast and Midwest) are completely different than the 19th centurys incarnation. Its platform has also been completely revamped. Both of those reversals are byproducts of Franklin Roosevelts New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnsons Great Society, which continue to be the pillars on which the Democrats current platform rests. The History of the Democratic Party looks back at the historical narrative of the Democrats, including their key leaders, important changes and events, and the Partys current political platform. Along with pictures, you will learn about the Democratic Party like you never have before, in no time at all.