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Abraham Lincoln is Not a Candidate

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/9780813032283.003.0003
Abraham Lincoln is Not a Candidate

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The elections of the 1930s represented the lowest point in the history of the Republican Party. The once dominating political party that held major seats in the government for more than 50 years since the Civil War was defeated and overthrown from being the ruling class. This chapter discusses the defeat of the Republican Party in the 1930s elections and its struggle to regain dominance in the government as well as the much-needed coloured votes. It examines how the GOP coped with its exile from governmental and political seats and the measures it undertook to assure its existence as a political party. In the chapter, the GOP's neglect of the African Americans is chronicled from the vantage point of its widening problems, internal conflicts, and the looming party divisions during the early years of the New Deal.

Keywords: 1930s; Republican Party; political party; 1930s election; African Americans; party divisions; GOP; defeat; coloured votes

Chapter.  12596 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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