- According to the Whigs, what led to the formation of parties in Iowa?
- Based on the text, how do the Whigs feel parties will affect Iowa. How do you know?
- How do the Whigs describe the "party in power," i.e. the Democrats led by President Martin Van Buren?
- What do the Whigs predict will happen if William Henry Harrison wins the presidency?
- One of the speakers at this 1840 meeting was James Grimes, who, in 1856, wrote a letter to Iowans inviting them to start the Republican Party. What factors do you think would influence someone to change their loyalty from one political party to another?
"Old Des Moines Awake!" The Hawk-Eye and Iowa Patriot, pp. 2, 23 July 1840. Courtesy of Library of Congress