Party Tearing Down It’s Racist Past

July 24, 2020

Editor, The News-Gazette:

It appears that American history is no longer being taught in our schools. So here is a reminder of the voting history of the Democratic Party.

Established in the 1790s, the Democratic Party is the oldest voter-based political party in the U.S. Democrats were the slave holders. They fought to keep slaves and stop any constitutional rights for black Americans.

The Republican Party emerged in 1854 to combat the expansion of slavery into American territories. It consisted of northern evangelicals, businessmen, professionals, factory workers, prosperous farmers and after 1866 former black slaves. The party opposed the expansion of slavery before 1861 and led the fight to destroy the Confederacy (1861-1865).

The 13th Amendment to free slaves went like this: every Republican, two Independent Republicans and 16 Unconditional Unionist supported the measure, as well as 14 Democrats, almost all of them lame duck, and 3 Unionists. The amendment passed by 119 to 56 votes. In the Senate 30 Republicans, four border-state Democrats and four Union Democrats voted yes. The final vote was 38-6.

The 14th Amendment granted citizenship and equal civil and legal rights to African Americans and slaves. In Congress, all votes in favor of the 14th Amendment were 100 percent Republicans and all votes against it were 100 percent Democrats.

The 15th Amendment granting African Americans the right to vote passed in the House of Representatives with 143 Republicans and 1 Conservative Republican voting “Yes” while 39 Democrats, 3 Republicans, 1 Independent Republican and 1 Conservative voted “No.” The Senate passed the amendment with a vote of 39 Republican votes of “Yea,” 8 Democrat and 5 Republican votes of “Nay” (13 Republicans and 1 Democrat did not vote).

The Democrats were the slave party and now they are trying to tear down the monuments representing their racist past.

LANNIE BALLARD Natural Bridge