Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Wednesday, February 15, 2017:
Final Jeopardy! category: U.S. POLITICAL PARTIES
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Shortly before its demise, it had split into “Conscience” & “Cotton” factions
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Clarissa Santori, a senior at Northeastern University from Ellicott City, Maryland
||Mari Hanley, a junior at Stetson University from Lighthouse Point, Florida
||Alex Bourzutschky, a junior at the California Institute of Technology from Potomac, Maryland
What is the Whig Party?
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The Whig party separated into these two factions over slavery; the Conscience faction was morally opposed to it, while the Cotton faction was not. After the demise of the Whigs, many Conscience Whigs ended up becoming part of the newly-formed Republican Party.
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