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The Republican Era

Jonathan Bean

in Race and Liberty in America

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125459
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135205 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125459.003.0003
The Republican Era

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The electoral success of the newly instituted Republican Party caused many liberals to join the Party because of its opposition to slavery. Republicans, including Abraham Lincoln, declared slavery to be a moral wrong, yet confined the political issue to whether slaves ought to exist in the United States. Members of the Republican Party were divided over tactics—some favoured colonization (sending blacks to Africa or Latin America), others immediate liberation. “[B]leeding Kansas” and Dred Scott clarify the outrage evident in the Republican Party platforms. Even after the abolition of the black codes, African Americans continued to labor under the unjust application of the law. Documents regarding the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Act are presented, which contain brief testimonies of those who were dispossessed, attacked, or witnessed the lynching of others, simply for voting for the “Republican ticket.”

Keywords: Republican Party; slavery; Abraham Lincoln; United States; bleeding Kansas; Dred Scott; African Americans; black codes; KKK

Chapter.  11014 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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