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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Democratic Party (United States)

The modern Democratic Party was founded around 1828. It evolved from the Jeffersonian Republican or Democratic-Republican Party organized by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in opposition to the Federalist party of Alexander Hamilton and John Adams.

On January 15, 1870 a cartoon by Thomas Nast, titled, A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion, appeared in Harper’s Weekly (see below). The cartoon used the donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party. The symbol gave everyone such a such a ‘kick’ that it has stuck to the Democrats to this day.

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