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Teen Republicans

The purpose of the Teen Republican Club is to discuss current events with a group of like-minded peers and to advocate for conservative solutions to our nation's problems by working with local, state, and national campaigns.

2018-2019 Officers:

Chairman:           Chris B.
Vice-Chairman:  Dustyn C.
Secretary:           Conner H.
Treasurer:           Leo K.

We meet most Tuesdays after school in Mr. Shanahan's room, Parsons Hall #3306. 

Our club is open to anyone with an interest in the following core principles: limited government, upholding the Constitution, the free market, respect for human life, and strong national defense (see https://www.gop.com/).

For more information, contact Mr. Shanahan at
dshanahan@rcps.info

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If you want to live free, think G.O.P.!

A brief history of the Republican Party:

The Republican party is one of the oldest political parties in the world. Thomas Jefferson’s party was popularly known as the “Republican” party throughout the period known as the first party system. By the 1820’s the second party system was under way and in 1824 the National Republican party was formed to oppose Andrew Jackson & his Democrats. By 1833 the National Republicans grew into the Whig and Anti Masonic parties in continued opposition to Jacksonian Democrats. On March 20, 1854 the modern Republican party was founded in Ripon Wisconsin with a name linking it to Jefferson. The party was founded by Whig party members & Free Soilers to oppose the spread of slavery in the territories. The Republican Party name was christened in an editorial written by New York newspaper magnate Horace Greeley. Greeley printed in June 1854:

 "We should not care much whether those thus united (against slavery) were designated 'Whig,' 'Free Democrat' or something else; though we think some simple name like 'Republican' would more fitly designate those who had united to restore the Union to its true mission of champion and promulgator of Liberty rather than propagandist of slavery."

The new party grew rapidly & by 1856 their first presidential candidate, John C. Freemont, won 11 of 16 Northern states. In the 19th c. the Republican party was based upon the support of Northern Protestants, businessmen, small business owners, professionals, factory workers, farmers and African Americans in the South. The secession of the South in 1860 amounted to the secession of the Democrat party leaving the G.O.P. to run the country during the Civil War. The Republican party was viewed to be the party of the victorious north and won control of the Southern states during Reconstruction. Republican dominance in the South will only last until 1877 when the Democrats regained political control of the South. The Jim Crow era followed which prevented many Republicans from being able to vote. The G.O.P.  had already secured, however, the passage of the Reconstruction amendments ending slavery and guaranteeing voting rights for A-A men. During the Gilded Age the Republicans won successive presidential elections and by 1919 many Republicans, like Teddy Roosevelt, supported Progressive era reforms including the 19th amendment which gave women the vote.  Republicans did well during the post WW I economic boom but were hurt by the Great Depression and FDR’s realignment of the Democrat party. Democrat party dominance will last for most of the next sixty years. The G.O.P. successfully expanded its base throughout the South after 1968, largely due to its strength among social conservatives, evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics. By 2016, the Republicans held the presidency, the Senate, the House of Representatives and most governorships. Today’s Republican party is generally socially conservative, favoring small government, religious freedom, limited regulation and low taxes with less federal intervention in the economy and in individual lives.