National Affairs: His Kind of Party

This week the President of the U.S. described to a Republican audience in Boston Garden his idea of the Republican Party. It was founded, he said, "just a few months short of 100 years ago [when] the tremors of a divided nation were felt. To many, the drift toward civil war seemed fatefully sure. But there is no dispute as to the purpose inspiring the many groups who reached for a new hope and a new party which they called Republican. That purpose, everywhere plainly defined and passionately proclaimed, was to halt the extension of the institution of slavery.

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