Yet, as a percentage of the party, more Republicans voted for the passage of...
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"As recently as 1956..".. Only in this self-created reality would "1956" and "recently" be acceptable as a posit. Isn't the real question how we can expand the Republican party in the light of many of the posters belows' penchants for "welfare, felons, stupid, lazy, refuse to learn.."? How do we get blacks to join in this party, if in fact that is the goal? Or will we continue to demonize, criticize, deny and vilify, with the occasional lecture on the errors of their ways? Funny that I don't see that same attitude or lecture being delivered in Appalachia....after all, Owsley County in Kentucky had 65% of its children living in poverty, and believe me, most of them aren't black. Then again, I doubt if Fox News has the guts to go there...
As recently as 1956, nearly 39 percent of blacks voted Republican in that year's presidential election. After the Civil War, Abe Lincoln's Republican Party easily carried the black vote -- where blacks were allowed to vote. Unwelcome in the Democratic Party, most blacks voted Republican and continued to do so through the early part of the 20th century. It wasn't until 1948, when 77 percent of the black vote went to Harry Truman, who had desegregated the military, that a majority of blacks identified themselves as Democrats.
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