What criticisms would radicals have with the political system in 1880?

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Sorry for the ambiguity. I meant in the UK in 1880.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    The radicals would be Republicans criticizing the racist democrat party.

    pbs.org: “The Klan quickly became a terrorist organization in service of the Democratic Party and white supremacy. Between 1869 and 1871 its goal was to destroy Congressional Reconstruction by murdering blacks -- and some whites -- who were either active in Republican politics or educating black children.”

    pbs.org: After [democrat] Wilson was elected in 1912 blacks were segregated or dismissed from federal positions.

    thewhitehousemuseum.org:The first film to be shown inside the White House was The Birth of a Nation, a racist epic that celebrates the Ku Klux Klan as America's saviors. Pres. Wilson [democrat] screened it in 1915 in part to repay a political debt to southern supporters, and such choices have tainted his place in American history ever since.

    6/11/12 npr.org: “One hundred members of Congress from the South — 19 senators and 81 representatives (96 Democrats and four Republicans) — present a "Declaration of Constitutional Principles" that criticized the Supreme Court in its Brown v. Board of Education decision for desegregating schools and protested civil rights initiatives.”

    -“During this period, they [KKK] often forged alliances with Southern police departments, as in Birmingham, Alabama; or with governor's offices, as with George Wallace [democrat] of Alabama who, on his inauguration as governor of Alabama on January 14, 1963, proclaimed "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” wikipedia

    President Eisenhower (Republican) sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas for the first time since Reconstruction to enforce federal court orders to desegregate public schools, and signed civil rights legislation in 1957 and in 1960 to protect the right to vote. He implemented desegregation of the armed forces.

    Which party in the Senate supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Democrats 63%, Republicans 80%. In the House? Democrats 61%, Republicans 80%. Which party opposed the 1965 Civil Rights Act in the Senate? Democrats 27%; Republicans 6%. In the House? Democrats 22%; Republicans 18%.

    Byrd created a new chapter of the KKK and rose to prominence as the "Grand Dragon" of the entire Mid-Atlantic states. (6/19/05 Washington Post)

    Byrd filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act which outlawed major forms of discrimination against African Americans and women.

    Byrd used the “N” word: On CNN, 3/4/01, “West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd apologized Sunday for a slur he used during a discussion of race relations in a nationally broadcast interview.” (You can see him say it by google searching “Byrd says the N word”). He was the top democrat in the Senate at the time.

    Byrd died in-office less than two years ago. He was the longest-serving senator in history, from 1959 to 2010. Democrats chose him as Senate Majority Leader many times. The Democrat Party loved him even though he was a racist: “Vice President Biden said today that with the passing of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) the Senate lost a legend and he lost a dear friend and mentor.” 6/28/10 ABC News.

    The New Yorker: Tim Russert told me that, according to his sources, Bill Clinton, in an effort to secure an endorsement for Hillary from Ted Kennedy, said to Kennedy, “A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.”

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/…

    Google search: "CNN Explains: How the GOP began" to see the CNN video

    "In the tumultuous mid-1800s, right before the Civil War, some political activists were concerned about keeping slavery from spreading into new western territories, and they saw no way to stop it through existing political powers: the Democrats and the Whigs (the pro-Congress party of the mid 1800s that largely destroyed itself in the 1852 elections in a battle over slavery). So they formed a new party, taking the name “Republicans” in a salute to earlier American politicians. By 1861, they had their first president: Abraham Lincoln. Soon after, slavery fell. The Whig party disappeared. And the Republicans began a long steady rise in power. The modern Republican Party absolutely owes its origin to the fight over slavery,“ Foreman proclaims in a ”CNN Explains” video piece.

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