The Free-Soil Party opposed the expansion of slavery into the Western territories. The Free-Soil Party did not have a candidate in the 1860 election. The new Republican Party was founded replacing the Free-Soil Party. In the 1860 election the Republican Party nominated Abraham Lincoln with a platform that promised not to interfere with slavery in the states, but opposed the further extension of slavery into the territories.
The modern Republican Party started out as a third party. The Republicans opposed slavery in the United States and favored no expansion of slavery into the western territories. Members of the old Whig Party and Southern Democrats joined with members of the Free Soil Party and formed the Republicans in 1854.
Most of the men in the Whigs Party were opposed to slavery but not all of them. Because the Democrat Party was mostly supportive of slavery and held the majority in Congress, the Whigs were not as effective in ending slavery. Abraham Lincoln was part of the Whigs Party and then helped launch the Republican Party. The Republican Party nominated Lincoln for President and he beat his Democrat opponent, carrying all the Northern States. This…
What are some of the reasons that the text gives for Abraham Lincoln being personally opposed to slavery?
The Whig Party existed during the Presidency of Andrew Jackson - and were opposed to his policies and his Democratic Party. The Whigs strongly believed in the supremacy of Congress (rather than the President), and wanted modernisation. The party was dissolved when members had conflicting views about slavery - and most of the Northern Whigs joined the new Republican Party (which Lincoln belonged to and helped end slavery).