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: Daniel Walker Howe, Rhodes Professor of American History Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of History Emeritus at the UCLA
“The Influence of Social Movements on American Party Politics”

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