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Keith W
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Political Parties in the Confederacy
Posted on: 11/1/2016 10:25:20 PM
Did they have political parties? If so, what were they?
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Michigan Dave
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Re: Political Parties in the Confederacy
Posted on: 11/2/2016 8:41:39 AM
Not official but Secessionists, & Unionists?
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George
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Re: Political Parties in the Confederacy
Posted on: 11/2/2016 9:00:42 AM

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Did they have political parties? If so, what were they?
--Keith W



It is my understanding that many of the members of the Confederate Congress were former Democrats who were at odds with their northern counterparts of the party.


But many southern politicians did not approve of party politics even though they were members of political parties.



When the Confederate Congress was elected, did the people have any direct vote or were the members of congress appointed by state legislatures?


If so, did the majority party of the state legislature appoint the members to the Confederate Congress? Those people would have been members of some political party whether they called themselves that or not.

And if the states sent delegates to this Congress, were they selected on a bipartisan basis? Perhaps the method of selection differed from state to state.


There wasn't time for a formal and proper election by the people was there? Not with a war on.


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George





jthlmnn
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Re: Political Parties in the Confederacy
Posted on: 11/2/2016 10:47:51 PM
(Major simplification)
The CSA did not have formal political parties. There were, however, two different mindsets, around which electors tended to cluster. One was more nationalistic, and favored a stronger central government. (Pro-Davis) The other was more individualistic and favored local governments. (Anti-Davis)

(Summary based upon the Constitution of the Confederate States [Read More] )
As with the federal constitution, which the CSA basically reprinted save for a few tweaks like slavery, members of the House of Representatives were elected by popular vote for two-year terms, while members of the Senate were selected by their respective state legislatures for six-year terms.

Although no one asked, I'll add that the President & Vice President each served a single six-year term. The term of office for the President was a "one-and-done". He was not eligible for another term, ever. The CSA had their own form of the electoral college for selecting the president and vice president. The method for choosing electors was up to the individual states. Electors for each state equaled the combined number of Senators and Representatives.

There were elections for the House of Representatives in 1863. The war was over before the terms of the President, Vice President, and Senators expired.

Edit to add: The 1863 election took six months to conduct, count, and announce results. Delays due to absentee ballots from refugees, the inconvenience of federal forces, and other factors of war causing the delays.


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Michigan Dave
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Re: Political Parties in the Confederacy
Posted on: 1/25/2017 10:31:01 PM
JT,

By the time they had the 1860 Democratic Convention in Charleston, SC,

they were pretty much already committed to secession!?

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But what about the causes, & costs of the CW, as well!?

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74 PA
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Re: Political Parties in the Confederacy
Posted on: 1/27/2017 9:06:26 PM
They did not have formal parties, but in the 1st Confederate Congress, 60% of the members were former Democrats and 33% were former Whigs.
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