Little known facts about Democratic Party history

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Was it a Democrat or Republican majority that supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act?  In 1964, in a Democratic Congressional majority, in the Senate, 82% of the Republicans voted for the Act while only 69% of the Democrats voted for it.  Every Southern Democratic Senator voted against it.  In the House of Representatives, 80% of the Republicans voted for the Act, while only 61% of the Democrats voted for it. Ninety-two of the 103 Southern Democrats in the House voted against it.  It is all in the Congressional Record.  In the 1965 Voting Rights Act, in percentages, 73.4% of the Democratic senators voted for the law and 93% of the Republican senators voted for the law.  In the House, 78.4% of the Democratic representatives voted for the law and 82.3% of the Republican representatives voted for the law.

Did you know that all anti-lynching laws were initiated by Republicans?  Republicans laid the foundation for civil rights by passing legislation and instituting programs that Democrats’ were adamantly opposed to, such as:

1.      The Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 to abolish slavery.

2.      The Civil Rights Act of 1866 to give Negroes citizenship and protect freedmen from Black Codes and other repressive legislation.

3.      The First Reconstruction Act of 1867 to provide more efficient Government of the Rebel- or Democratic-controlled states.

4.      The Fourteenth Amendment in 1868 to make all persons born in the United States citizens. Part of this Amendment specifically states “No State shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; or deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

5.      The Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 to give the right to vote to every citizen.

6.      The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 to stop Klan terrorists to terrorized black voters, Republicans, white teachers who taught blacks, and Abolitionists.

7.      The Civil Rights Act of 1875 to protect all citizens in their civil and legal rights and to prohibit racial discrimination in places of public accommodation.

8.      Freedmen Bureau was social programs established by Republicans to feed, protect, and educate the former slaves.

9.      The 1957 Civil Rights Act and the 1960 Civil Rights Act were signed into law by President Eisenhower who also established the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in 1958, a commission that was rejected by Truman during his administration.

10.  The 1964 Civil Rights Act which key Republicans pushed law through while key Southern Democrats like Al Gore Sr. debated against its passage.  More Republicans (in percentages) voted for this law than Democrats.”

Much more info on this is in an article written by Robert Oliver who is an African-American Political Independent.  He wants to clarify history and to ask does the Democratic Party owe African Americans an apology for past support of slavery and racism?


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