Subject: Republicans (was Re: improving project maintainership)
From: (Kragen Sitaker)
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 18:23:56 -0500 (EST)

>  Believe it or not, at one time Democrats and Republicans were actually
>  one party, the Republican-Democrat Party.

The US had a two-party system for a considerable time before the
formation of the Republican party, which was not formed from a part of
its opposition party (previously called the Democratic-Republicans,
but at that time just the Democrats) but from a coalition of former
Whigs, Free-Soilers, and Democrats.