Chapter

The Darkest Horse

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/9780813032283.003.0004
The Darkest Horse

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Several months after the 1963 election, D.W. Brogan wrote that the Republican Party had to adjust to an age which had completely forgotten Lincoln. Assessing the difficulties and the challenges faced by the GOP, Brogan declared that the problem of the Republicans is that they were unable to generate new tricks, measures, and policies that would not produce hostile reaction in the south. This chapter discusses the new political strategy prepared by the Republicans to assure their existence as a political party and regain the dominance they once held within the government. In this chapter, the focus is centered on the revival of the Republican Party at the beginning of 1938, when the polls disclosed an unpopular administration. Recognizing the significance of the urban vote, the Republicans modified their party's appeals. They became less conservative in the East and offered a tangible alternative to the New Deal. Although some of the Republicans showed concern regarding the welfare of African Americans, most were unable or unwilling to address even in a rhetorical manner such problems, causing the preservation of the African American vote by the Democrats—a fact that did not unduly concern most Republicans.

Keywords: Republican Party; Republicans; 1938; urban vote; New Deal; African Americans; vote; Democrats

Chapter.  9319 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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