Did you know?

  • The US Republican Party was set up in 1854 as an anti slavery party
  • The 1st Republican (of the current party) President was Abraham Lincoln
  • In the 1857 Dred Scott case which decided negros were property not citizens, the only two dissenting judges were Republican and the seven majority judges were Democrats
  • John Wilkes Booth was a Democrat
  • The Democratic Party opposed the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery; the 14th Amendment, which gave blacks citizenship; and the 15th Amendment, which gave blacks the vote
  • 22 black Republicans served in the US Congress by 1900. The Democrats did not elect a black man to Congress until 1935.
  • The founder of the KKK, Nathan Bedford Forrest, was a Democrat
  • The 1964 Civil Rights Act was supported by 80% of Republicans in Congress and less than 70% of Democrats
  • A Democratic Senator filibustered the Civil Rights Act for 75 days

I follow US politics a lot but I wasn’t aware of all of this.

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