The American Free Soil Party was founded on April 10, 2014, by James Walter Clifton, Ph.D. D.Min., after forming a coalition of third-party members concerned about racist elements within those parties. The Party is the successor to the anti-slavery Free Soil Party that existed between 1848-1854 and was founded in Buffalo, New York as a third party focusing on a single issue: Opposition to the expansion of slavery into the western territories. The Party believed that free people on free soil were a morally and economically superior system to slavery. They opposed "slavery in the territories" and were in strict agreement with the Wilmot Proviso. They also sought to abolish laws that discriminated against former slaves.
The Party ran two candidates for President. In 1848, they ran former President Martin Van Buren for President and Charles Francis Adams, son of former President John Quincy Adams, for Vice-President. The ticket garnered 291,501 votes or 10.1% carrying no states and earning no electoral votes. In 1852, the Party ran New Hampshire Senator John P. Hale for President and former Indiana Congressman George W. Julian, for Vice-President. The ticket won 155,210 votes or 4.9% carrying no states and earning no electoral votes.
Both national campaigns ran on the platform of Free Soil, Free Speech, Free Labor and Free Men declaring We will fight on and fight ever, until a triumphant victory shall reward our exertions. The Party believed slavery was undemocratic and should be contained believing containment would eventually lead to abolition. The Free Soil Party was the Party of some of America's most notable citizens. Members included poets William Cullen Bryant, Walt Whitman, and John Greenleaf Whittier; the educator Horace Mann; Ohio Senator Salmon P. Chase; future GOP presidential candidate John C. Fremont; and, abolitionist Charles Sumner.
THE PARTY TODAY
The revival of the Free Soil Party as the American Free Soil Party was necessitated by the mistreatment of immigrants and the continued discrimination towards blacks, women, and the gay community, especially in the area of marriage equality. The American Free Soil Party is also concerned about the vile attacks upon Christians, conservative black men and women, and the unjustified attacks on liberals as "unpatriotic."
We also urge all to exercise extreme caution when using the word "homophobe" and simply request that everyone understands there are people of faith who genuinely believe homosexuality is morally wrong and do so without engaging in "gay bashing" or cruelty to the gay and lesbian community. Our Party believes that everyone who sets foot within and resides on American soil has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and honor. We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.
The American Free Soil Party invites you to join us by simply writing or emailing us stating you are in full agreement with our political positions. Please include your complete name, date of birth, address, email, and phone number. Please state that you do not advocate the use of force to achieve political or social objectives. There are no dues. If You are interested in running for office as a Free Soiler, please let us know. We encourage candidates sharing our views to seek office on all levels. Due to being a new Party, ballot access will be difficult so running as an Independent proclaiming affiliation with the American Free Soil Party is the most feasible way to proceed. If you are currently running for office and want our endorsement, please get in touch with us.
A WORD ABOUT ENDORSEMENTS
Ballot access laws favor the two-party system in America. Many third parties do not have the resources to become ballot-qualified in most states. Therefore, the American Free Soil Party will, on occasion, endorse third party and independent candidates with whom we are in general agreement believing once elected to office they will fight for fair election laws.
A WORD ABOUT MONEY IN POLITICS
The American Free Soil Party believes the American political system is corrupt. In an effort to address this issue, we do NOT accept donations or contributions, do not solicit funds, nor do we engage in any fundraising activities. We have no treasurer, no budget, and no expenses. We believe contributions and donations should only go to candidate committees and that political parties should have no other function than providing a platform addressing issues and offering candidates an "umbrella" to run under.
American Free Soil Party candidates are only allowed to accept contributions from individual donors. Failure to comply will result in permanent revocation of Party membership and the Party will rescind its endorsement.
The American Free Soil Party is a 100% strictly voluntary organization paying no salaries or monies for any work on behalf of the Party.
The American Free Soil Party
James Walter Clifton, Ph.D., D.Min,
Post Office Box 237
Millersburg, IN 46543