Saturday, January 26, 2013

When Black Meant Republican

It’s easy to forget now, but just a few generations ago African-Americans overwhelmingly identified themselves as Republicans.

The story of how the Party of Lincoln lost its black support is long and sad, but understanding what happened is critical as the Party looks to improve its standing in the black community. In the fall of 1895 Atlanta put on one in a series of “International Expositions” designed to highlight its progress in recovering from the war.

Racial tensions had been growing since southerners, at the end of Reconstruction, began instituting Jim Crow laws to curtail black civil rights. Those laws were still under challenge at the time. African-Americans were divided over the merits of direct, legal resistance.

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