Program Tonight Covers Political Party History

POTTSTOWN PA – “The History of Political Parties in the U.S.,” a program presented by Kutztown University Associate Professor of History Dr. Patricia Norred Derr, is scheduled to begin tonight (Monday, March 20, 2017) at 7 p.m. in the Pottstown Historical Society headquarters at 568 High St. The event, a chance to learn about what the society called “this long-standing characteristic of American democracy,” is free and open to the public.

Derr “is a highly-regarded instructor in courses on American colonial history, religion, American popular culture, African American history, and historical methodology,” the society said in a release. She is a transplanted Texan who received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, her master’s in European History from the University of North Texas, and her doctorate in American History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Derr was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Award, and has participated in several public panels and programs.

She also is the newest member of the society’s Board of Directors, and also serves on the Pottstown Historical Architectural Review Board.

The society said it thinks Derr’s program arrives at a “a perfect time to look back on the historical origins of political parties in the United States. Where do political parties come from? When did we get them? Why do we even have them? What is the difference between a party and a faction?”

And what’s with those names?, it asked rhetorically. Derr expects to cover some of them: Federalists, Jeffersonians, Jacksonians, Freedmen, Republicans, Democrats, Whigs, Libertarians, Free Soilers, Know-Nothings, Bourbons, Redeemers, Copperheads, Progressives, Populists, Reformists, Socialists, Communists, Liberals, Conservatives, Left, Right, Blue-Dogs, Green Party and the Constitution Party.

Non-partisan, light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program, the society added.

Photo from the Pottstown Historical Society

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