Saturday, March 18, 2017

History of U.S. Political Parties Presented Monday

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Pottstown Historical Society.

The Pottstown Historical Society will host a presentation on "The History of Political Parties in the U.S.," presented by Patricia Norred Derr, PhD, associate professor of history at Kutztown University, on Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m.

The historical society is located at 568 High St. in Pottstown and the program is free and open to the public.

According to a press release sent by the society, Derr "is a highly-regarded instructor in courses on American colonial history, religion, American popular culture, African American history, and historical methodology."
Pottstown Historical Society
568 E. High St., Pottstown.

A transplanted Texan, Derr received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin, her MA in European History from the University of North Texas, and her PhD in American History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Award, and has participated in numerous public panels and programs.

Derr is the newest member of the Board of Directors of the Pottstown Historical Society, and also serves on the Pottstown Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB).

As political rhetoric continues to blow white hot in the United States, "it’s a perfect time to look back on the historical origins of political parties in the United States. Where do political parties come from? When did we get them? Why do we even have them? What is the difference between a party and a faction? And what’s with those names?" the release noted. 

Parties covered will include: Federalists, Jeffersonians, Jacksonians, Freedmen, Republicans, Democrats, Whigs, Libertarians, Free Soilers, Know-Nothings, Bourbons, Redeemers, Copperheads, Progressives, Populists, Reformists, Socialists, Communists, Liberals, Conservatives, Left, Right, Blue-Dogs, Green Party and Constitution Party.

Non-partisan, light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program. 

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