GOP's Birthplace: A Wisconsin Schoolhouse

This one-room schoolhouse was the birthplace of the GOP.

A one-room schoolhouse in Ripon, Wis., where in 1854, a group of local residents met and formed the Republican Party. The building is now a museum. Steve Lickteig, NPR hide caption

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This one-room schoolhouse was the birthplace of the GOP.

A one-room schoolhouse in Ripon, Wis., where in 1854, a group of local residents met and formed the Republican Party. The building is now a museum. Steve Lickteig, NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Steve Lickteig, NPR

The Republican Party was formed 150 years ago, at a time when national politics were dominated by regional rivalries and an unresolved debate over slavery. The GOP was created in a small schoolhouse in rural Ripon, Wis., by anti-slavers and others unhappy with the status quo. Hear NPR's Andrea Seabrook.

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