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- Feb 6, 2010
Since the thread topic refers to Lincoln, I was assuming that pre-1860 political parties were not germane.
In any case, the Free Soil party united with anti Kansas-Nebraska Act Whigs in 1856 to form the Republican party. So essentially they're one in the same.
And of course the Liberth Party, largely a creation of Salmon P Chase, folded his movement into the Free Soil party, making them more or less a Republican party precursor as well.
If memory serves they were uncompromisingly abolitionist. The Free Soilers perhaps a bit less so.
Exactly. The Liberty Party was uncompromisingly abolitionist, which gave it a small base of support. The Free Soil party was more willing to compromise, which gave it a much larger base of support. The Republican Party was even more willing to compromise, which combined with the outrage over the Kansas-Nebraska act, gave them an even larger base of support. All three parties were anti-slavery, and none of them appeared on Southern ballots.