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  •  Or maybe not. (1+ / 0-)
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    The Know Nothings were a very important part of the coalition that formed the Republican Party.

    There has been a nativist impulse within the Republican Party right from it's very beginnings and contributed to the Democratic takeover of Northeastern urban centers with their anti-Catholicism.  And the only case where the KKK ever explicitly took over a state party was in the 1920s with the Indiana Republican Party.

    That's not to deny that it was Republicans who helped pass the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s or that there are many unsung heroes within who were doing some very good things up until the Goldwater/Reagan takeover.  But it has always been a predominantly white protestant party and has always had a dark side to it.  Even going back to the time of Lincoln.

    The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

    by Taget on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 07:34:08 PM PST

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    •  I wasn't aware of the collaboration (0+ / 0-)

      between the Republicans and the KKK in Indiana. That's quite shocking. I had assumed it was the Democrats collaborating with the KKK, as usual for those days.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 07:46:15 PM PST

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