*Includes pictures *Includes quotes by Republican leaders over the years *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents 2016 has been one of the most unusual election years, and thing represents the unprecedented nature more than the race for the Republican Party's presidential mination, which featured over 15 candidates. As with most years, several candidates with various political experience, from former and current goverrs to Congressmen and Senators, ran, but the race also featured a number of political vices, one of whom is poised to be the party's minee. In a sense, all of that is fitting given the winding nature of the Republican Party's history. Now dominant in the American South, the party was anathema in the South for more than a century. Likewise, if someone asked a man on the street in the early 1900s to describe the Republican Party, he might point to Teddy Roosevelt's efforts on behalf of progressive politics and conservation, whereas a few years later, the Party was kwn as a protector of big business, and later law and order. During the Reagan Era, the words small government came to characterize the party, even as its leaders took one hit after ather for wanting to limit social spending. Republicans were in office at the start of the Depression and the end of the Vietnam War. Ultimately, the direction that the Republican Party has taken at any given time has been determined, for the most part, by the party leadership, which has traditionally made its voice most heard at the Republican National Convention, which convenes once every 4 years to minate candidates for the presidency and vice-presidency. During its more than 150 years of existence, it has minated saints and scoundrels, seen some men make it to the White House and others t. Its first successful candidate was assassinated, as was one of his successors a few decades later. It has survived through war and ecomic downturns, as well as the just as dangerous prosperity that seems to have been created by someone else. It remains one-half of the two party system that has almost always dominated American politics, even as many question its future. Of course, given the party's history, those who wonder how it will survive and move forward should probably take a look at what the party has already endured. The Grand Old Party: The History of the Republican Party examines the formation of the GOP and the twists and turns the party has taken during its history. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the GOP like never before.