In the course to 1877, Prof. McClanahan spends a good bit of time going over the role of the democrats and republicans. From what I gather, the democrats were the state’s rights/decentralized power party while the republicans did what they could to concentrate power and subvert the Constitution.
In the next set of lectures, Dr. Woods goes through the events of the last few decades of the 1800s and then we hit the progressive era where democrats are become even bigger big government advocates with the likes of Woodrow Wilson.
What changed in those couple decades? Did the progressives somehow hijack the democratic party because the republicans were more or less on their side?