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What former U.S. president do both the Republican and Democratic parties trace their origins to?

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The modern Democratic Party has called Thomas Jefferson "the first Democratic President," and the Republican Party was named as such because its founders considered their principles to be aligned with that of Jefferson and the party he formed, which was called the "Republicans." Jefferson and James Madison formed this party to stop the federal government from engaging in economic activities that they felt were not permitted by the U.S. Constitution. In recent years, the Democratic Party has distanced itself from Jefferson based on accusations that he was a racist, but those charges are misleading, and Jefferson was a pioneer in the fight against slavery.

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