Why Do Blacks Vote Democrat?

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1957 Civil Rights Bill

The Black Family Is Struggling, and It’s Not Because of Slavery

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1921 President Warren G. Harding (R) advocated passage of anti-lynching law. (failed in Congress)

“Republican Party Assures a Friendliness to Best Interest of the Race,” The Negro Star [Wichita, KA], October, 7, 1921.

Reviewed Work: Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Black Politics in the Age of FDR by Nancy J. Weiss (Review by David Levering Lewis)

1932: 2/3 blacks voted for Hoover
Blacks still slightly Republican
1952 1956 1960 1964
all voters 45 42 50 61
White 43 41 49 59
Black 79 61 68 94

Black vote in 1932
71% for Democrats, 28% for Republicans

How Blacks voted

2012 93%
2008 95%
2004 88%
1996 84%
1992 83%
1988 89%
1984 91%
1980 83%
1976 83%

Clinton’s praise for Eugenics

Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood

Amnesty stopped
Page 3: In 1956, the African-American vote was not a settled question; it was up for grabs.

Nancy J. Weiss, Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Black Politics in the Age of FDR (Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press 1983)

Thurber Timothy, Republicans and Race: The GOP’s Frayed Relationship with African Americans (Lawrence, KA: The University Press of Kansas, 2013), 76.

The Truman administration’s policies solidified black support for the Democrats.
In 1948, Truman sent a package of civil rights measures to Congress, including a compulsory FEPC, an anti-poll tax, and anti-lynching legislation, a commission to investigate racial issues; and a bill to end discrimination in interstate transportation, which a Republican controlled Congress did not pass. Later in 1948, he issued an executive order desegregating the military. Truman’s emphatic stance for the first time made the Democratic Party the party of black civil rights. Republican allusions to their historic alliance with blacks lacked the persuasiveness of the tangible benefits that the Democrats had brought.

1960 MLK arrested after a sit-in. Nixon didn’t think proper to intervene
Bobby Kennedy, a lawyer, called judge to get him released exerting political power.
Two million pamphlets titled, “‘No Comment’ Nixon Versus a Candidate With a Heart, Senator Kennedy,” were distributed in black churches. Never mind that in 1956 Nixon revealed he was an honorary member of the NAACP. Or that Nixon pushed for passage of the ’57 civil rights bill in the Senate. Or that Time magazine wrote that Nixon’s support for civil rights incurred the wrath of one of his segregationist opponents, Sen. Richard Russell, D-Ga., who sarcastically called Nixon the NAACP’s “most distinguished member.”

January 23, 1964, the Twenty-fourth Amendment ended the Poll Tax.

On June 19, exactly one year after President Kennedy’s proposal, the compromise bill passed the Senate by a vote of 73 to 27. House approval followed, and on July 2 President Johnson signed the bill into law.


Freedmen’s Bureau established black schools and colleges, but Andrew Johnson (D) vetoed bureau, but Republican Congress overrode it.
General Howard, Commissioner of Freedmen’s Bureau directed resources to it
1866 founded
1867 first students
1879 Howard University Congress funded Howard University
1936: FDR makes speech there promising more:

Civil Rights Act of 1866
Andrew Johnson (D) vetoed it but Republican Congress overturned veto

1875 Civil Rights Act
Charles Sumner, Republican introduces, Republican President Grant signs.

Civil War deaths

Robert Kennedy wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr.

History by James Taylor:
1852: Frederick Douglass: Constitution “entirely hostile to the existence of slavery.”
3/5 clause dealt with representation, not the worth of the individual, to prevent South from having South getting more representatives to Congress.

Additional Robert Moton information

Examining Black Loyalty to Democrats

Republican Winthrop Rockefeller elected governor of Arkansas,1951916&hl=en
Inaugural address:
Black vote:

Arkansas school battle in Little Rock, Arkansas

1954 Segregation overturned

Eisenhower on Civil Rights

South history of people switching parties to stay in power

Democrats ignored Civil War results

Timeline of U.S. race history

Employment status by race and sex

Supreme Court