Educational Resources

Republican Party History

The Republican Party began in the early 1850s, and was started by anti-slavery activists and those who believed that settlers seeking land in the west should be granted it free of charge. Their first meeting was informal, and took place in Ripon, Wisconsin. July 6th, 1854, marked the party’s first formal meeting, which was held in Jackson, Michigan. They chose the name “Republican” for the party due to the word’s allusion to equality, and to draw reference to Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party. The Republicans became a national party in 1856, when John Fremont was nominated for President. Four years later, the first Republican president would be elected: Abraham Lincoln. Republicans worked to secure the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, granting the former slaves that their president freed equality under the law. The Republican Party was also the first party to favor women’s suffrage, and the majority of states that voted to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment were Republican states. The Republican Party often refers to itself as the GOP, which many believe to stand for Grand Old Party. However, the original acronym was short for Gallant Old Party. View more on the Republican Party history.

Official GOP Platform

Government reform, the Constitution, the American dream

Another look: the Republican Platform

Stances on fiscal responsibility, individual freedom, and more

Interactive Constitution

Learn about the text, history, and meaning of the U.S. Constitution from leading scholars of diverse legal and philosophical perspectives

Republic vs. Democracy

The difference and why it matters

Hillsdale College Political Courses

Learn more about the pursuit of the good, the true, and the beautiful at Hillsdale College with excellent online courses

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission

From the party to first support women’s suffrage

Pro-Life Education and Resources

Protecting the rights of our most vulnerable citizens

Pro-life and anti-relativism Curriculum

Re-educating youth about lies of the culture and understanding the value of life itself

Political & Leadership Resource Map

Locate state-based and national resources for women interested in elected or appointed office or work on political campaigns

Women’s Definitive Guide to Getting Political

How to get politically engaged and how to encourage other women to do so

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