Democratic Party history

POSTED: 04:46 PM PDT Sep 26, 2012    UPDATED: 10:35 AM PDT Oct 31, 2012 

The Democratic Party is one of the oldest political parties in the world. Take a look at the key leaders, dates and policies that make up the history of the Democratic Party.

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When Andrew Jackson ran for president in 1828, his opponents tried to label him a "jackass" for his populist views and his slogan, "Let the people rule." Jackson, however, picked up on their name calling and turned it to his own advantage by using the donkey on his campaign posters. During his presidency, the donkey was used to represent Jackson's stubbornness. Years later, Thomas Nast, a famous political cartoonist, is credited with getting the donkey widely accepted as the Democratic party's symbol.

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