Depending on the book or document you’re reading, it’s very easy to get confused about the political party affiliated with Thomas Jefferson -- especially if you try to align it with the names of our present-day parties. (Tip: Don’t try!)
One of the primary names for Jefferson’s party was the Democratic-Republicans. Another common name was Jeffersonian Republican. In the early days of the party, supporters used the word Republican, and opponents used Democratic. Confused yet?
The party enjoyed electoral success with four consecutive presidents, beginning with Thomas Jefferson in 1801, James Madison in 1809, James Monroe in 1817 and John Quincy Adams in 1825. But in 1824, the party started to split into four directions with most members gravitating to the new Democratic Party forming under Andrew Jackson, and the National Republican Party, the precursor to the Whig Party.
If you’re still confused, or just hungry for more on party history, watch this 14-minute video from Crash Course: https://youtu.be/
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