Backstory: The G.O.P.: A History of the Republican Party

Donald Trump has clinched the Republican Party presidential nomination, and some political pundits wonder if his nomination represents a watershed for the Republican Party. On this episode of BackStory, we unpack the origins, evolution, and reinvention of the Grand Old Party. From its birth in 1854 by anti-slavery activists in the North, to the party of small government and low taxes, we look at how the G.O.P. has reinvented itself at various points in its history.

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