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The Republican Party was founded in 1854 and it’s primary issue centered around the abolition of Slavery. This was accomplished when the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, won the presidency. The Civil War of the United States that followed helped to abolish slavery in the United States for good. The Republican Party continued to enjoy years of prosperity and promoted improving the life of the working class. During the Great Depression, many citizens blamed the Republicans in power, leading to a Democrat resurgence.
The Republican Party greatly changed after the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt and it became much more conservative. Several Republicans opposed the spending of Democrats and wanted the government to stay limited. This conservatism ramped up over several culture wars issues such as abortion, due to the high Christian membership in the party. This led to the modern Republican Party seen today.