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Lincoln's Lost LegacyRepublican Party and the African American Vote, 1928–1952$
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Simon Topping

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032283

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032283.001.0001

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Abraham Lincoln is Not a Candidate

Abraham Lincoln is Not a Candidate

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Lincoln's Lost Legacy

Simon Topping

University Press of Florida

The elections of the 1930s represented the lowest point in the history of the Republican Party. The once dominating political party that held major seats in the government for more than 50 years since the Civil War was defeated and overthrown from being the ruling class. This chapter discusses the defeat of the Republican Party in the 1930s elections and its struggle to regain dominance in the government as well as the much-needed coloured votes. It examines how the GOP coped with its exile from governmental and political seats and the measures it undertook to assure its existence as a political party. In the chapter, the GOP's neglect of the African Americans is chronicled from the vantage point of its widening problems, internal conflicts, and the looming party divisions during the early years of the New Deal.

Keywords:   1930s, Republican Party, political party, 1930s election, African Americans, party divisions, GOP, defeat, coloured votes

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