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  •  That's not accurate. (5+ / 0-)

    Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, and quite a number of other Republicans worked very hard to advance civil rights after the civil war.  And through to the 1960s there were plenty of important Republican figures in the civil rights movement, although none of the Republican presidents made any real effort on the issue after Grant (the last president to actively use the federal government to support civil rights in the South, even if it largely collapsed on his watch) until Truman in 1948.  And in the 1948 election, Thomas Dewey's civil rights record was actually more substantive than Truman's (as governor), even if Truman was certainly also sincere.  Eisenhower made a few important stands, and in the 1960s you had people like Everett Dirksen and, of course, George Romney (in some alternate universe where Mitt Romney is running for president as an actual centrist and touting his healthcare reform law as a central aspect of that campaign, he could have built on his father's activities in housing, etc. as an actual method of voter outreach to African-Americans).

    •  Well said! Bravo! (5+ / 0-)

      Let it be on the record that the Republicans amended the Constitution 3 times in 5 years! (that is, a 2/3 vote of approval in both the House and Senate AND ratification by 3/4 of the states!) between 1865 and 1870:
      the 13th (abolition of slavery),
      the 14th (Equal protection under the laws regardless of color...and SEX!) and
      the 15th (the vote for black men.)

      Then too, the Klu Klux Klan had been invented by Nathan Bedford Forrest in 1866 and instituted a reign of terror across the defeated South against the newly freed. After these Amendments and some hair-raising testimony before Congress the Grant Administration (Republican again) put through the Anti-Klan Acts of the 1870s. The Army (!) was put in charge of hunting down and trying Klan members and succeeded so well the Klan died until 1915.
           The Grant administration also put through the first national Civil Rights act (1875), but it was immediately appealed to the Supreme Court, which did not rule on it until 1882 (after several changes in justices) when it was struck down as "over-reaching".
            Even as late as 1896 in Plessy v. Ferguson (which established the "separate but equal" doctrine for discrimination that wasn't reversed until 1954 (Brown v. Topeka)), the decision was 7-1, with the dissent from Justice Harlan, the last Lincoln appointee to the High Court.
            And yes, Theodore Roosevelt met with Booker T. Washington at the White House one afternoon in 1902 (if IIRC). The interview went so long Roosevelt invited him to stay for dinner. The storm of Southern, Democratic criticism over this rang for years (and may have even been a (small) factor in TR's failure to make a Presidential comeback in 1912.)

      Just some info to fill in your comment.

      Shalom.

      "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

      by WineRev on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:32:58 AM PDT

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    •  It is accurate! (1+ / 0-)
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      Chitown Kev

      My take was on presidents, like Abe Lincoln and others.  There were many many folks that did a lot of lifting to get to the presidents desk, but it was them that signed it.  

    •  I was talking about presidents (1+ / 0-)
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      Minnesota Deb

      I can cite many of the republican figures that you name, especially as I was born in Michigan and have lived in Illinois for over 20 years.

      And in the runup to the 1948 election, if the GOP Congress really wanted to do something, they could have put legislation on Truman's desk to sign regarding the racial integration of the military and, in fact, Truman initially considered doing it by way of the legislative route.

      The republicans were too chicken and Truman wanted those black votes (in part) to cull together wehatever coalition of voters he could cull together to win election.

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