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About the Free Soil Party
The Free Soil Party was a political party comprised of former Whigs and anti-Slavery Democrats, founded in New York after the decline of the Whig Party. Free Soilers opposed the Democratic party, States Rights advocates, and the maintenance and expansion of slavery. They also supported efforts to pass Homestead Acts to release federal land west of the Mississippi River to settlers for free or at a low cost. Free Soil members were ultimately absorbed into the Republican Party.

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