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Lincoln's Lost Legacy: Republican Party and the African American Vote, 1928–1952

Simon Topping


During the 1930s and 1940s, many African Americans left the Republican Party and joined ranks with the Democrats. Before this time, the few blacks actually able to exercise their franchise automatically voted for the party of Lincoln and emancipation. The resulting political realignment has had numerous and far-reaching impacts, including the 1948 election of Harry Truman. This book examines how the Republican Party lost black voters, what they did to try to win them back and retain them, and why they failed. The study helps put current Republican problems with African American voters into a l ... More

Keywords: African Americans, Republican Party, Democrats, 1948, Harry Truman, black voters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780813032283
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813032283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Topping, author
University of Plymouth