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The Two Parties on the Race Issue: Taft (1908) & LBJ (1964)

After the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Republicans - the party of Lincoln - was essentially locked out of the "solid South" which became a Democratic stronghold. Blacks for the most part could not vote in the south, but in the north supported the Republicans. Republicans capitalized on black support as a result. The party alignment began to change in the 1930s under the New Deal, as new social programs attracted black support and more blacks migrated to the north. As the Democrats moved to support various civil rights laws, the parties began to reverse, with Republicans dominating in the south. The two excerpts here reflect the change from the early 20th century to the 1960s.
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