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Old 19 September 2013, 06:40 PM
Jzyehoshua Jzyehoshua is offline
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Originally Posted by wanderwoman View Post
Are you arguing that Lincoln had no white supremacist attitudes?

ETA: You are being rather sparing with details on your argument. I would argue that "iffy" is a more weasely weasel word than "some".
I think Lincoln and the rest of the Republican Party from the 1860s to 1960s were very much the driving force in stopping slavery and producing civil rights reforms. It's not like Lincoln and the Republican Party just passed an Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment and that was the end of the matter. The following is just a summary of key legislation, there's far more mentioned here:

-1865: 13th amendment banning slavery passed by Republican president Abraham Lincoln with unanimous Republican support and most Democrats opposed.
-1866: 14th amendment giving due process and equal protection to all races passes with 100% of Democrats voting no in House and Senate.
-1870: 15th amendment giving all the right to vote regardless of race passes house with 98% Republican support and 97% Democrat opposition.
-1875: Civil Rights Act of 1875 passed by Republican president U.S. Grant with 92% Republican support and 100% Democrat opposition.
-1919: Republican House passes amendment giving women the right to vote, 85% of Republicans vote yes to 54% of Democrats and 80% of Republicans in Senate vote yes but nearly half of Democrats vote no.
-1924: Republican president Calvin Coolidge signs law passed by Republican Congress giving Native Americans the right to vote.
-1957: Republican president Dwight Eisenhower signs the Republican Party's 1957 civil rights act.
-1964: Civil Rights Act ending segregation and voter restrictions is passed with 80% of Republicans in the House and 82% in the Senate voting yes, but only 63% of Democrats voting yes in the House and 69% in the Senate. After passing the Civil Rights Act, Democratic president Lyndon B. Johnson brags "I'll have those n****** voting Democratic for the next 200 years."
-1965: Voting Rights Act passed to remove racial voter discriminations against blacks and hispanics with 82% of Republicans voting yes to 78% of Democrats in the House, and 94% of Republicans in the Senate to 73% of Democrats in the Senate.
-1973: Only 2 of the 112 racist Democrats who opposed the civil rights act of 1964 actually switched to the Republican Party, John Jarman and Strom Thurmond. All the racist Democrats who'd opposed the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s were the same ones who in the 1970s supported Roe v. Wade. They went straight from supporting lynching to supporting abortion.

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Lincoln was what would be considered a more moderate Republican at the time, and was certainly not as vocal in his opposition to slavery as the Radical Republicans were. They wanted complete uncompensated abolition of slaves and all civil rights and voting rights for them.

However, Lincoln like other Republicans of his time was clearly opposed to slavery. I think the attempt to brand him as supportive of 'white supremacist attitudes' is a recent effort to diminish over a century's worth of Republican support for civil rights.
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