Thursday, June 16, 2016
Let’s get it straight: Democrats enslaved the Black America Republicans fought and died to free Part 1
By Kevin “Coach” Collins
Like many Americans who were adults in the mid-1970s I was curious to see what the re-make of Roots would look like.
I found that the problems with the project actually appeared during an hour long discussion among historians. In the whole hour the word Democrat was not heard and the single reference to a political party was that the “Republicans did not do enough” to help the slaves. As a student of the history of that era I bristled at such textbook knee jerk liberal pap. Here is my response.
Save for the 1960s, and the last seven years, the behavior of the Democrats was never worse than during the Civil War. Democrats worked as hard as they could to defeat our troops on the battlefields and in the halls of Congress. As always, their purpose was to keep Black Americans in actual bondage, where they would be today if it were not for the heroics of the Republicans.
On April 16, 1862 Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. The bill passed with 99% of Republicans voting Yes and 83% of Democrats voting No.
On July 2, 1862 a Republican Congressman from Vermont got the Land Grant Act passed. This bill established colleges that were open to African Americans for the first time ever.
Later that month on July 17, the Republican Congress passed the Confiscation Act freeing all slaves in the Confederacy forever. Every single Democrat voted against this bill.
In June 1864, the Republicans controlling Congress voted to give equal pay to African American soldiers and repeal the Democrats’ Fugitive Slave Act.
On October 29, 1864 African-American abolitionist Sojourner Truth said of Republican President Abraham Lincoln: “I never was treated by anyone with more kindness and cordiality than were shown to me by that great and good man.”
On January 31, 1865 the 13th Amendment banning slavery was passed by the House with unanimous Republican support over intense Democrat opposition.
This material comes from my book Crooks Thugs and Bigots: the lost hidden and changed history of the Democrat Party which is out of print but you can receive a free PDF of the text by asking at firstname.lastname@example.org