Blacks Who Built the GOP





Many former slaves left a political legacy that’s been ignored or completely forgotten by their descendants—even during Black History Month.

As they struggled against the violence and racism of the mid-1800s, it’s likely they thought the inheritance they left would continue to improve the lives of their descendants.

Their legacy is the Republican Party.

For decades, Black people have given over 90 percent of their votes to the Democrat Party. The Democrats can always count on strong support from the Black Community.

But that certainly wasn’t the case during the mid-1800s. During that time, the Republican Party led the fight against strong Democrat opposition to pass the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. The amendments abolished slavery, granted blacks citizenship and the right to vote. It was clear to all Black people who their friends were in the political arena....


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