History and Meaning of American Political Parties
Fall 2016 Meeting
Sept 30-Oct 1, 2016
Sheraton Society Hill
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The theme for our 2016 fall meeting is The History and Meaning of American Political Parties.  The program will aim to discuss the role and history of partisan politics in America with panels on the major political parties and analysis of the major shifts and realignments in American history.  This discussion seems especially important as we approach a November election that will center on fundamental questions and may lead to a rare realignment in American politics.


 Friday, September 30, 2016

5:30 p.m.  Fellowship Orientation
6:00 p.m.  Reception
7:00 p.m.  Dinner
Dinner Chair: Larry P. Arnn, President, The Philadelphia Society
Keynote Address: John O’Sullivan. Editor-at-Large, National Review
“Partisan Politics in the United States: A View From Up Close and Afar”

Saturday, October 1, 2016

8:30 a.m.  “Federalists and Democratic Republicans: The Founders on Faction and the Emergence of Parties”
Chair: Richard Brake, The Institute for Family Studies
William Anthony Hay, Mississippi State University
David J. Bobb, Bill of Rights Institute
Charles R. Kesler, Claremont McKenna College

10:30 a.m.  “Whigs, Democrats, and Republicans from 1850-1861: Compromise, Disunion, or War?”
Chair: Richard Reinsch, Liberty Fund
James Stoner, Louisiana State University
Herman Belz, University of Maryland
Kevin Portteus, Hillsdale College

12:00 p.m.  Luncheon
Luncheon Chair: George H. Nash, The Russell Kirk Center
Luncheon Address: “The Influence of Social Movements on American Party Politics”
Daniel Walker Howe, Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of History Emeritus at the UCLA

2:00 p.m. “Democrats and Republicans From Wilson to Reagan: Rise of the Administrative State”
Chair: Donald Weatherman, Lyon College
Ronald J. Pestritto, Hillsdale College
Gerard Alexander, University of Virginia
C. A. Baylor, Holy Cross

4:00 p.m. “Democrats and Republicans Today: Chances of Realignment Looking Forward”
Chair: Lee Edwards, The Heritage Foundation
Gleaves Whitney, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies
Daniel McCarthy, The American Conservative
Ed Erler,California State University, San Bernardino