V.5. The Republicans have a proud history, Democrats not so much! To clean their hands, Democrat crony academia have altered perception of that history. A very long timeline thread with facts of both parties to dispel the myth of a party ideal switch. Citations/links in comments
March 20, 1854- The anti-slavery Whig and Free Soil parties merge to fight the western expansion of slavery. Alvan Bovay brings together voters of like minds in Ripon, Wisconsin and suggests the name. The popularity swells in the Midwest and soon throughout all of New England.
March 6, 1857, All 7 Democrats on the SCOTUS ruled against Dred Scott and his family, while both GOP judges dissented; ruling he was not a citizen and instead property who's not entitled to freedom regardless of being on free soil. This decision was the prelude to the Civil War.
(D) President elect James Buchanan (often regarded as the worst in our history) highly influenced the Dred Scott decision by pressuring both (D) Justice John Catron from Tennessee as well as (D) Justice Robert Cooper Grier from Pennsylvania, to not dissent on the decision.
June 26, 1857- Lincoln declares the GOP position on Dred Scott.
"Republicans inculcate, with whatever of ability they can, that the negro is a man; that his bondage is cruelly wrong, and that the field of his oppression ought not to be enlarged. The Democrats deny his manhood."
The Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 were seven 180 minute, Illinois discourses that revolved mostly around slavery and the expansion of it west. The debates gave Lincoln a national audience thanks to telegraph and even though he lost the election, it set him in position for 1860.
Aug 21,185, Ottawa, Ill- Douglas said "Mr. Lincoln’s conscientious belief that the negro was made his equal, and hence is his brother; (laughter) but for my own part, I do not regard the negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother or any kin to me whatever."
"Vote Yourself a Farm" is the campaign slogan for Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans in 1860 as they promise to push the transcontinental railroad and Homestead acts through that Democrats had fought against and vetoed for years prior.
The year preceding the 1860 Presidential election saw many threats of secession from southern states if Lincoln were to be elected. The GOP tried to pacify the threat by stating they would not interfere in states that had already decided on slavery but this wasn't trusted.
Dec 20, 1860- South Carolina becomes the first state to secede after Lincolns election. Five other states soon do the same in January of 1861 (MS, FL, AL, GA, LA) and TX would in February, all prior to Lincoln's inauguration on March 4. VA, AR, NC and TN would soon follow suit.
May 15, 1862- President Lincoln signs a bill that creates the United States Department of Agriculture to transform American farming of which 50% of the population lived at the time, through research, testing and improving technique. Lincoln calls it “The People’s Department”
May 20, 1862- President Lincoln signs the Homestead Act which was passed by the Republican led Congress and grants 160 acres of western federal lands to any person (including freed slaves and women) willing to farm the land and make permanent residence and improvements.
July 2nd, 1862- The Morrill Act is signed which donates federal land to the each state to create at least one college "for the Benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts". Cornell and MIT are among the 69 schools established. The bill was passed in 1859 but vetoed by Buchanan.
July 1, 1862- The Pacific Railroads Act is signed into law which grants federal land to railroad companies and begins construction of rails to connect the nation east to west. A golden spike to commemorate the transcontinental completion was driven seven years later in 1869.
September 13, 1862- Union soldiers find General Lee's (Special Order #191) and give it to General McClellan at noon, which show that Lee's army was split and laying siege to the 14k soldiers at Harper's Ferry. McClellan fails to act or do anything of substance with Lee's plans.
Instead of sending a division to night march and ambush Jackson the following AM at Harper's Ferry, McClellan seems to ignore it and leaves the important garrison to fend for themselves. This allows Lee to take Harper's Ferry freely and choose where the main battlefield would be.
Sept 17, 1862- The bloodiest single day in American history. Could Antietam have been prevented if the knowledge contained in Special Order #191 was applied correctly? Was it divine intervention squandered or a deep state resistance from the Lincoln's 1864 Democrat opponent?
Sep 22, 1862- President Lincoln pens the "Emancipation Proclamation" to take effect on Jan 1, 1863 which grants "that all persons held as slaves" in the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." This would free 3 million of the nations 4 million slaves from bondage
After almost constant urging for nearly a month from President Lincoln for General McClellan to pursue Lee's wounded army into Virginia where he was encamped, he still resists the calls to follow the retreat which could have dealt a crushing blow to Lee and the Confederacy.
Nov 2, 1862- First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln writes to her husband days before the midterms and mentions the mood in NY. “Many say they would almost worship you, if you would put a fighting general in the place of McClellan.”
Lincoln hesitates and loses seats in New York and beyond
May 22, 1863- The US War Dept. Issues General Order 143, that grants the formation of the United States Colored Troop regiments. This order followed the 37th Congress’s amended version of the 1792 Militia Act that had previously banned black soldiers from joining the US Army.
June 30th, 1864- The Yosemite Valley Grant Act passes the Republican led Congress and is signed by Lincoln. Seen as the prelude to the National Parks Service, the Act protects and preserves the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove areas of California and gives the land to the state
The Presidential election of 1864 pitted Lincoln against Democrat Gen. George McClellan]. Lincoln attempted to sooth a nation as well as gain border state support by adding a Pro-Union Democrat for his VP selection in Andrew Johnson from Tennessee
March 3, 1865- Republican Congress passes and Lincoln signs an act that creates the Freedmen Bureau; which provides food, clothing, schooling, medical services, shelter and in some cases land to former slaves in Confederate states. General Oliver Otis Howard heads the bureau.
March 4, 1865- Lincolns inauguration speech ... "With malice toward none, with charity for all...let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."
December 18, 1865- Seven months after Lincoln was assassinated, the 13th Amendment is ratified; which banned slavery and involuntary servitude while fixing shortcomings that his temporary war measure had by granting freedom to an additional 1 million in bondage in all states.
Dec of 1865- President Johnson declares reconstruction complete; and land given to freed slaves be returned. This outrages Republicans in Congress who refuse to recognize 60+ former Confederates as they arrive to take their seats in Congress which included generals and colonels .
April 9, 1866- Congress overrides Johnson's veto and passes The Civil Rights Bill of 1866 with unanimous Republican support. The bill provides equal citizenship to all men "without distinction of race or color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude."
May 1-3, 1866- After a scuffle between a group of black Union soldiers and police that left two dead officers in Memphis, Tennessee, a mob of mainly Irish immigrants attacks black residents at random killing 46, and injuring 75 others while burning churches and freedmen schools.
May 10, 1866- The 14th amendment that provides "due process and equal protection of the law to all citizens" passes the House with the 100% of the GOP support passes the Senate a month later with 94% of the GOP support. 0% of Democrats in both chambers vote in favor.
July 1866- The Republican Congress finally, after several years of trying to override President Johnson multiple vetoes, passes an extension on the Freedmen's Bureau Bill.
1865 and 1866 saw many states in the South develop "Black Codes" which restricted rights of freedmen. Many states restricted marriage, owning property and firearms, voting, gathering for worship but most often vagrancy. Freedmen Bureau Bill sought to dismantle these codes.
July 28, 1866 The GOP led Congress authorizes the formation of two regiments of black cavalrymen in the 9th and 10th which would form Sept 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth. The regiments would later be named "Buffalo Soldiers" possibly by Native Americans during the Indian Wars.
July 30, 1866- Republicans gather in New Orleans at Mechanics Institute to support black voting rights and adopting it into that state's Constitution. A Democrat mob attacks and kills 48 unarmed Republicans and wound as many as 150, many of which were former black Union soldiers.
The 1866 midterms see President Johnson's northern campaigning a disaster and wide gains for the Republicans in the House as well as a modest gain in the Senate allows the GOP to virtually guarantee legislative passage and the ability to override any veto's from him.
March 30, 1868- Republicans move to impeach President Johnson soon after he addressed Congress by saying “This is a country for white men, and by God, as long as I am President, it shall be a government of white men” which is similar to the language he used in his 1867 SOTU.
Sept 28, 1868- The Opelousas massacre occurs when Democrat mobs slaughtered 150 black Republicans who were trying to defend a GOP newspaper from an attack that started when one of the writers wrote that black voters in LA should remain loyal to the GOP instead of the Democrats.
October 7, 1868- Republicans formally denounce the Democratic Party’s national campaign slogan for Horatio Seymour who is the former Governor of New York: “This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule”
October 22, 1868- Republican U.S. Rep. James Hinds, from Arkansas, was shot and assassinated while campaigning for Ulysses S. Grant and advocating for Civil Rights, by the secretary of the Monroe County Democratic Party and Klansman, George Clark whom was never charged.
Oct 29, 1869- A GOP Georgia legislator and former slave, Abram Colby is kidnapped during the night and whipped for three hours by Klansman. Violence erupts against black citizens and the GOP as intimidation continues from the KKK and other groups who use it to disenfranchise.
1870-1871-The first 23 black Congressman were all Republican starting with Hiram Rhodes Revels (MS), and Joesph Haine Rainey (GA) followed by five others a year later.
Feb 1, 1870 -The 15th amendment is ratified, which gives men the right to vote regardless "race, color, or previous condition of servitude". No Democrats in either chamber vote in favor. The measure has no universal suffrage and doesn't protect against literacy or poll taxes.
April 20, 1871- The GOP led Congress enacts the Ku Klux Klan Act which outlaws the terrorist group(s) and allows the US military to enforce the 14th Amendment. Four months later, Grant would deploy the US military to South Carolina to defend against Democrat fueled violence.
November 18, 1872- Susan B. Anthony 'votes while female'
"Well I have been and gone and done it!!" She wrote "positively voted the Republican ticket–strait this a.m. at 7 O'clock“ and was arrested for 'illegal voting' in Rochester, NY and fined $100 of which she refused to pay.
April 13, 1873, An Easter Sunday massacre occurred in Colfax, Louisiana following a disputed Gubernatorial election. Approximately 150 black Republicans were killed by white Democrats who had surrounded the courthouse with a cannon and killed them as they came out to surrender.
September 14, 1874- A supremacists group called White League seize the Louisiana statehouse and attacks the Republican racially integrated police that were created for Reconstruction. Grant deploys US troops to the city but the damage was done and the police force never rebounds.
March 1, 1875- The Civil Rights Act of 1875 guaranteeing access to public accommodations without regard to race becomes law and is passed with 92% Republican and 0% Democrat support. The law would later be found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1883.
March 27, 1876- The Supreme Court rules that the KKK Act of 1871 unconstitutional and the protections of the 14th amendment were unenforceable. This allowed Democrat legislatures in the South to once again be the dominate party by disenfranchising with paramilitary's help.
September 1876- Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll, who commanded at Shiloh, addresses a crowd of veterans saying “Every man that loved slavery better than liberty was a Democrat… I am a Republican because it is the only free party that ever existed”
Jan 10, 1878- Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduces Susan B. Anthony's amendment for women’s suffrage which resembles Samuel Pomeroy's (R-KS) proposal from 1868. The new bill is "indefinitely postponed." by committee until George Hoar (R-MA) forms a committee on woman suffrage in 1882.
October 18, 1883- "The Civil Rights Cases" were a group of five individual appeals cases involving Civil Rights that the SCOTUS decided on. The court established that congress had no authority over private discriminatory practices of business which helped Jim Crow laws take hold.
January 25, 1887- The Susan B. Anthony amendment is voted on after a year of attempting to call a vote by Henry Blair (R-NH) and is shot down with a vote of 16-34. All 16 yea votes being from the Republican party.
The 51st Congress saw the Republicans take over both chambers and the Presidency which allowed passage of many bills that had been held up including The Dependent and Disability Pension Act of 1890 which gave all disabled Union Vets $12 a month including nurses and black soldiers
Aug 30, 1890- The 2nd Morrill Act passes which restricts racial discrimination in Confederate state 1862 land grant schools by giving annual appropriations to 1862's that don't use race for admissions or create a sister school that doesn't; 17 historical black colleges are formed
March 3, 1891- Republican President Benjamin Harrison with the help of both GOP chambers signs the Forest Reserve Act and the Land Revision Act of 1891. This Act allowed Presidents to set aside reserves for public use and help create the first National Forests.
May 18, 1896- Louisiana law required black and white train passengers be separated by color and Homer Plessy (who was 7/8ths white) was asked to challenge the law. He agreed and was arrested for it and brought it all the way to the SCOTUS who then decided "separate but equal"
November 10, 1898- The countries only Coup d'etat took place when Democrats in Wilmington, NC led a campaign to oust black Republican leaders from political office by force. A mob of 500 torched a black newspaper as well as the courthouse, killing between 14-60 black citizens.
1898- Seven states begin to disenfranchise black voters by placing a poll barrier that prevents voting by anyone whose “grandfather” didn’t vote before 1867, thus canceling out the the right for black men to vote given in the 15th amendment.
October 16, 1901- President Theodore Roosevelt invites Booker T. Washington to dine "Let's make it dinner" he wrote when sending the invitation to the White House as a guest of honor. Sen. Benjamin Tillman (D-SC) racist remarks along with a racist poem published nationwide ensues
1905- President Roosevelt commissions famous American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to redesign American gold coins to rival masterpieces of antiquities and bring art to the masses while showing American exceptionalism.
The Double Eagle design did this.
January 23rd, 1906- The first Native American Senator was elected from Oklahoma. Republican Senator Charles Curtis was a Kaw American and had already served in the House but would go on later to become the Majority speaker as well as the Vice President for Herbert Hoover.
June 8, 1906- President Theodore Roosevelt signs the American Antiquities Act of 1906 which allows Presidents to set aside important archaeology sites, landmarks, structures on public land and designate them as National Monuments. The first monument set aside was Devil's tower.
March 27, 1912- First lady Helen "Nellie" Taft along with the wife of the Japanese ambassador, plant the the first two Japanese Yoshino cherry trees along the tidal basin of the Potomac River. 3000+ trees would originally be donated by Japan in 1912 that she was instrumental on.
'The Great Migration' begins as massive amounts of black Americans in the South leave the rural areas and move to northern districts like Chicago, New York, Detroit and Philadelphia in part to flee segregation but also to fill the many industry job vacancies that WWI produced.
April, 1913- Newly elected Democrat President Woodrow Wilson begins segregating the Federal government starting with the Treasury and Post Offices and argues that it is for the benefit of both races to do so, "Segregation is not humiliating but a benefit" he argued.
March 15, 1915- Democrat Woodrow Wilson showcases the first movie at the White House family theater. The KKK movie "Birth of a Nation" based on the book, "The Clansman", written by his friend Thomas Dixon is shown. The movie becomes popular nationwide and KKK numbers swell.
June 21, 1915- The Oklahoma Grandfather Clause is overturned in Guinn v. United States and the SCOTUS rules that the laws are unconstitutional and violate the 15th Amendment but the literacy tests are still valid and acceptable.
Nov 7, 1916- Republican Jeannette Rankin from Montana becomes the first woman elected to Congress.
April 11, 1919- Woodrow Wilson rejects the racial equality clause proposed by Japan during the League of Nations that would have amended the Treaty to the ensure the charter seeks to "abolish racial discrimination" even after the majority of nations vote in favor.
June 4, 1919- The Republican majority in Congress passes the 19th amendment which prohibits denying citizens of the United States the right to vote based on sex. The GOP House votes 200 to 19 to Democrats 104 to 70. The GOP Senate votes 36 to 8 while Democrats vote 20 to 17.
April 18, 1920- Minnesota’s passes the first in the nation anti-lynching law, authored by a black Republican Mrs. Nellie Francis and signed by Republican Gov. Jacob Preus after the Duluth Lynching of three black circus workers by a mob of 10,000 in the streets of downtown.
May 31, 1921- Tulsa, Oklahoma sees one of the worst massacres in US history as a black man is falsely accused of rape and a giant mob demands lynching burns Greenwood section (Black Wall Street) of the new oil rich vibrant city. 35 city blocks burned, 300 dead and 800 injured
January 26, 1922- The House finally passes the Dyer Anti-Lynching bill authored by U.S. Rep. Leonidas Dyer (R-MO) which makes lynching a federal crime but the Senate Democrats block it with filibuster in '22, '23 and '24 which eventually kills the bill for good.
June 2, 1924- Republican President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act which was passed by a Republican Congress granting citizenship to all Native Americans. Coolidge would be formally adopted by the Lakota 3 years later.
1926- The peak of power for the Ku Klux Klan nationwide as membership swells to between 4-6 million members. Black citizens, Irish and Italian Catholics, Jews, Mexicans and Asians were all targeted.
GOP Congressman Oscar DePriest was the first black congressman elected in the 20th century, ending a 28 year absence. When First Lady Lou Hoover invites all the wives of Congress for tea; racist poetry and protest again erupts after the First Lady refused to snub Mrs DePreist.
March 3, 1933- During Herbert Hoover's final days in office before FDR took office, he signs the Buy American Act, passed by the Republican led Congress, that requires the government to prefer US made goods over foreign products on all purchases.
A black Democrat editor at Pittsburgh Courier tells readers to defect to the Democrat party "My friends, go turn Lincoln's picture toward the wall" he wrote. The GOP would never garnish a higher % of black voters than Democrats would after FDR was elected.
April 5, 1933- After one month in office, FDR issued Executive Order 6102 which requires citizens to turn in their gold during a one month "buy back" and makes possession of Au illegal afterwards with penalties of $10,000 and 5 to 10 years of jail possible for offenders.
May 1933- Many of the "new deal" programs enacted under FDR and the newly flipped Democrat run Congress are integrated with segregated policies such as the Civilian Conservation Corp; which maintain separate camps and prevent hiring of higher level positions from black workers.
June 27, 1934- The National Housing Act is signed by FDR and with it begins the process of "redlining" urban areas. This practice segregated the cities with color coded maps that set areas in black neighborhoods into high hazard zones that were off limits bank loans.
August 17, 1937- Democrat U.S. Senator Hugo Black is appointed to U.S. Supreme Court by FDR; his Ku Klux Klan background was hidden until after confirmation and the GOP was furious and felt that FDR had knowledge of this prior, which he denied.
June 24, 1940- The Republican party platform calls for the integration of the military 8 years before (D) President Truman issues his Executive Order. The platform suggests "Discrimination in the civil service, the army, navy, and all other branches of the Government must cease."
April 3, 1944- The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Democratic Party’s “whites only” primary election system in the South ruling they violated the 14th amendment. SC, FL, MS, AL, TX, AR and GA all were forced to change but still use poll taxes and literacy requirements.
June 26, 1944- The Republican party platform demands an immediate congressional inquiry into the integration of the military. The platform also again urges Democrats to support anti-lynching and anti-poll tax legislation as well as a two term limit for President.
July 2, 1948- The "Dixiecrats" splinter from Democrat party at the convention. The State Rights Democratic Party was unsuccessful however and only gain 39 electoral votes.
May 17, 1954 - Recently nominated by President Eisenhower, Chief Justice Earl Warren, the three-term Republican Governor (CA) and Republican vice presidential nominee in 1948, hands down the decision on school desegregation in Brown v. Board of Education.
November 25, 1955- The Eisenhower administration through the ICC, bans all racial segregation on interstate bus and train travel as well as in their waiting rooms.
March 12, 1956- 99 Democrats and 2 Republicans issue the "Southern Manifesto" which strongly condemns the Brown v. Board decision and urge "Resistance" against the "unlawful decision".
June 5, 1956- Republican federal judge in Alabama and D-Day veteran Frank Johnson Jr rules in favor of Rosa Parks in a decision that strikes down “blacks to the back of the bus” law. Martin Luther King Jr. would later say he was "The man who gave true meaning to the word Justice"
June 29, 1956- President Eisenhower signs a bi-partisan bill to create the Interstate Highway system which spanned 41,000 miles to use as civilian travel but also a means of troop transport and civilian evacuation in the event of a nuclear attack.
Oct 19, 1956- At the Alfred E. Smith memorial dinner in NY on Richard Nixon said “American boys and girls shall sit, side by side, at any school – public or private – with no regard paid to the color of their skin. Segregation, discrimination, and prejudice have no place ”
Sept 4, 1957- Democrat Gov of Arkansas orders the National Guard to block integration and prevent black students from entering the Little Rock High school. Republican President Dwight Eisenhower orders the 101st to deploy on 9/23 to ensure that the nine children are given passage
“The SC ruling on desegregation of schools is the law of the land, and though there may be disagreement over the president’s leadership on this issue, there is no denying that he alone had the ultimate responsibility for deciding what steps are necessary" -JFK on Little Rock
9/9/1957- Eisenhower signs the '57 Civil Rights Act which passed the House with 90% of GOP vs Dem 62% support and passed the Senate with 100% GOP vs Dem 52% support after Senate Majority leader Lyndon B Johnson watered down the House Bill that removed voting protections from it.
Feb 5, 1959- Eisenhower proposes a new Civil Rights bill to amend the '57 Act to Congress; saying that "that every individual regardless of his race, religion, or national origin is entitled to the equal protection of the laws."
18 Democrats would filibuster the bill for 125 hrs
May 6, 1960- The Civil Rights Act of 1960 is signed by President Eisenhower after being passed with 91% of GOP support in the House and 100% in the Senate. (51% of Democrats supported the bill in the House and 58% in the Senate.)
June-Sept 1963- Gov. George Wallace (D-AL) defies the order by U.S. District Judge (R) Frank Johnson to integrate Tuskegee High School and the University of Alabama by "Standing in the door". President Kennedy federalizes the Alabama National Guard to ensure they step aside.
January 8, 1964- (D) Lyndon B. Johnson declares the war on Poverty and while it has some successes, fails to drop the percentage of poverty by any significant percentage. A negative effect is seen on all family units, especially among black families following passage.
June 9, 1964- Republicans condemn the 75 hour group filibuster against 1964 Civil Rights Bill led by U.S. Senator and former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd (D-WV) who argued the bill “would impair the civil rights of all Americans. It cannot be justified on any basis"
Illinois Republican Senator Everett Dirkson is instrumental on passage of the 64' Civil Rights Bill.

The House GOP voted in favor 78% to Dems 60%.
The Senate GOP voted in favor 82% to Dems 69% with changes.
Voted again by House GOP 80% to Dems 60%.
Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) loses a landslide but was able to win 5 deep South states. He was a Libertarian leaning (R) who opposed the 64' Civil Rights on grounds he thought it was unconstitutional but voted for the 57' and 60' Civil Rights Bills and was a member of the Phoenix
NAACP and the Urban League (awarded the 1991 Humanitarian Award) who helped integrate AR National Guard. He also demanded the Senate cafeteria serve his black legislative assistant and helped change the rule in 1953 to integrate the cafeteria during his 1st year in the Senate
Vermont, the bastion of the GOP, votes for a Democrat in the Presidential election in 1964 and ends its 108 year streak of voting Republican. The negative press for Goldwater in New England was partially to blame. Vermont would return to voting GOP again until 92'.
Feb 18, 1965- Marion AL, State Police under the command of Democrat Governor George Wallace, beat and club peaceful marchers in the street. Jimmie Lee Jackson, an unarmed Vietnam veteran, who was trying to protect his mother from being beaten was shot and died a few days later.
3/7/65- Protesting the death, MLK and 600+ others march from Selma to Montgomery with their sights set on (D) Gov George Wallace's Capitol building but immediately are met Edmund Pettus bridge by Wallace's state troopers who were ordered “to use whatever measures are necessary"
March 21, 1965 Republican US District judge Frank Johnson authorizes Martin Luther King’s protest march from Selma to Montgomery, overruling Democrat Governor George Wallace's order. The march to the capitol happened two days later with thousands of marchers and clergy.
August 6, 1965- The Voting Rights Act is signed by LBJ and provides protections against racial discrimination in Federal Elections by banning literacy requirements.
82% of the House GOP and 78% of Democrats vote in favor.
94% of the Senate GOP and Democrats 74% vote in favor.
Summer of 1967- “The long hot summer” refers to race riots that broke out in more than 150 cities nationwide that left almost 100 dead and almost two thousand injured as well as more than $100 million dollars in property damages. The worst of these riots being in Detroit.
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 passes in the House with 87% of GOP and 68% of Democrats support and passes in the Senate with 81% of GOP vote and 63% of Democrats but is watered down by the Democrats in the Senate and the House reverses with 53% of GOP vote and 61% of Democrats.
November 5, 1968- Richard Nixon wins the Presidency but loses the Deep South to segregationist (D) George Wallace (who ran as a 3rd party ticket) as well as (D) Hubert Humphrey. Nixon's pushes "Law and Order" after drugs, soaring homicide rates and crime sweep the nation.
Jan 8, 1969- The New York Times reports that an NAACP official in Harlem has compared borough “to the Wild West” and warns that citizens resort to “vigilantism” in an effort to stop exploding drug-related crimes. Rev Oberia Dempsey asks citizens to fight against "War on Dope"
October 27,1970- President Richard Nixon signs the Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Prevention Act. (D) Rep. Shirley Chisholm from New York votes in favor and likens the drug problem to "the bubonic plague"
March 25 1971- The newly formed Congressional Black Caucus has a closed door meeting with Nixon about the growing drug problem in urban communities. Nixon secretly records the meeting. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) urges Nixon to fight drugs without waiting for congressional action
March 14, 1972- Governor George Wallace sweeps the Democratic primary in Florida as well as early contests in Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee prior to being shot in Laurel, MD on May 15. He would win Maryland and Michigan a few days later before dropping out of the race.
November 7, 1972- Nixon wins the deep south as well as everywhere else in a landslide election
Jan 22, 1973- Roe vs Wade is decided on by the SCOTUS. Jane Roe (whose real name is Norma McCorvey) lied about being gang raped by a group of black men resulting in a pregnancy. She later said she was used as a "pawn" by lawyers to challenge the law.
August 14, 1974- (R) President Gerald Ford repeals FDR's 1933 Executive Order 6102, which made private ownership of gold illegal and carried heavy fines and imprisonment. Ford's bill "permit US citizens to purchase, hold, sell, or otherwise deal with gold in the US or abroad".
The 76' election VP debate between Bob Dole and Walter Mondale was the first in history and a nationally televised event. Bob Dole was an early supporter of the Pro-life movement and an "early life amendment", while Mondale was a pro-choice candidate.
November 13, 1979- Ronald Reagan announces his run for Presidency in a speech from the New York Hilton which highlights the failures and weaknesses of the Carter administration including high inflation, inept foreign policy and an unrealistic energy policy
July 7, 1981- Ronald Reagan fulfills a campaign promise of nominating the first female to the Supreme Court if given the chance by choosing Sandra Day O'Connor to fill Justice Potter Stewart's seat. She would be approved by the Senate with a 99-0 vote.
9/9/1982- Reagan at Alfred Landon lecture "until someone can prove the unborn human is not alive, we must give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is. And thus, it should be entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Remarks at 21:55
June 20, 1982- President Reagan signs a 25 year extension on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 calling it the "crown jewel of American liberties."
Nov. 2, 1983- President Reagan signs into law, making Martin Luther King day a national federal holiday in all 50 states starting in 1986.
August 10, 1988- Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which formally apologizes for the treatment of Japanese Americans stemming from FDR's Executive Order 9066 during WWII as well as a redress check of $20k to every survivor of an internment camp.
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