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Introduction

Simon Topping

in Lincoln's Lost Legacy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032283
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032283.003.0001
Introduction

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This book chronicles the history of the Republican Party and the early civil rights movement, and provides an indication of the increasing importance of the African American vote. In the period between the 1930s and 1948, several African Americans left the Republican Party and rooted for the Democrats, causing a new political realignment that would change American politics. The book examines from the Republican perspective the process of African American political alignment from the 1920s to the 1950s. It illustrates the process of African American defection from the Republican Party, which was largely dictated by interracial, political and economic concerns. African American defection from the Republican Party, which had safeguarded their stand in the society during the Lincoln regime, lost its bond with the black community in the years that came after the Lincoln administration. This presumed Republican negligence of the welfare of the blacks led to disaffection and a change in political and electoral support. The book examines how the Republicans lost the African American vote, what measures they did to win it back, and why they failed. It looks into the making of politics and policy, and probes into the evolving relationship between African Americans and political parties, revealing how the decisions and indifference of political leaders can carry enormous repercussions for the rest of the society.

Keywords: Republican Party; vote; 1930s; 1948; African Americans; Democrats; political realignment; American politics; defection; electoral support

Chapter.  3301 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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