I saw that during the Civil War, the Democratic Party declared itself "The Party of White men". Is that true?

I am also looking to see if there is an official revoking of that statement anywhere on a democratic party site.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes it's true. Jefferson Davis was a Democrat. They have not renounced it either.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Wow, are you ever barking up the wrong tree with this one. No one in government back them, not the Democrats or the Republicans, saw the black race as being equal to themselves. Even Lincoln - he found slavery distasteful, but he also did not believe that a black man was equal to himself. He would have laughed at the idea. You are trying to attribute more ideals of racism to the Democrats when they were all racists back then, plain and simple. And to top it all off, the Democrats of that day have morphed into the Republicans of today. The Republicans back then were actually the liberals.

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  • The Union League in the South was formed to establish the black man's party, and bind the negroes by secret organization to the Republican party, so they could be detached and taken entirely from under the control of the white people of the South. The "Union League is the right arm of the Union Republican party of the United States, and no man should be initiated into the league who does not heartily endorse the principles and policy of the Union Republican party." There were two divisions of the league, one for the whites and the other almost entirely for negroes, with a few whites to instruct and lead them. With few exceptions, the whites of the South were excluded. Even brigadier-generals, commanding States, entered the league for political purposes. (Swayne.) The league was surrounded by mystery, had grips and mysterious signs, and the negroes were sworn "to vote only for and for none but those who advocate and support the great principles set forth by the league to fill any office of honor, profit, or trust in either State or general government." (By-Laws of the League.) This league, in practice, taught that the white men of the South were enemies of the negroes, and it excited the latter to deeds of disorder and interference in every way with the whites. The poor ***** could not withstand the strong will of the whites from the North, who were controlling him, against all advice and friendly appeal from the Southern whites. Friction, conflict, disorder between whites and blacks were incited to prolong the important and lucrative offices held by the carpetbaggers. It was the stock in trade of the Republicans in the South to keep up the vindictive and hostile legislation of Congress, and it is needless to say that members of the league had the ear of Congress.

    "But there was a companion to this abominable dynasty in the dangerous order of the Ku Klux Klan. The one caused the other. The Ku Klux Klan was the perilous effect of which the odious league was the unhealthy cause. The Klan was a veritable body, founded in a holy object, and often prostituted to violence under great provocation. The writer knows all about it, and shared in its legislative work. It combined the best men of the State, old, virtuous, settled, cautious citizens. Its object was the preservation of order and the protection of society. It used mystery as its weapon. It was intended to aid the law, and prevent crime. In the license of the era, it was a matter of self-defense against plunder, assassination, and rape. Both the league and the Ku Klux Klan were excrescences of reconstruction, and the natural outcome of abnormal politics and abortive government." (Avery's History of Georgia.)

    Source(s): Yes they did and also passed the Black code laws
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Probably so, but that Democratic party isn't the same one we have today. Actually most of the Southern Democrats switched to the Republican party during the middle of the 19th century.

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  • 4 years ago

    I just asked a similar question! But I will say this is that the fact that the Powers that be have a problem! It is the truth! The globalistas have long since bought out both major parties and are now seeking to put us all in a one world socialist regime!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know if it's true or not, but the southern states were predominately Democrat back then, and most prominent democrats were slave owners.

    So I wouldn't doubt that it was declared to be the "white man's party" at one time or another.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm not sure about your quote but the fact of the matter is this fraction of the Democratic party split off and is know today as the GOP or...yes, the Republicans.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Uh...I hate to tell you, but modern day Democrats were Republicans in the civil war, and vice versa. Maybe you should look on some Republican web sites, as they didn't have pc's during the civil war.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Republican party of the time was the abolitionists party, so in terms of values it was the equivalent of today's Republican party. Thus the party platforms were essentially reversed in the War era.

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  • 1 decade ago

    dude, you need to go back to school if your that confused.

    i have 2 words for you

    Abraham Licolin.

    he was a republican.

    republican used to be left wing. i know that may come as a huge shock to you, but it's true. research it if you don't believe me.

    in the 19th century epublicans where almost border line socialist.

    modren republicans are much different then current republicans.

    don't get mad at me if your in disbelief blame history.

    Source(s): 20th century american history world history 1800-present
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