August 26th, 2012
12:33 PM ET
8 years ago

CNN Explains: How today's GOP has its roots in anti-slavery crusade

Washington (CNN) - Some may not realize that the modern Republican Party owes its origin to the fight over slavery nearly two centuries ago.

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).

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  1. drake mallard

    If you're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future."

    Nobody is voting for Romney, they're voting against Obama. The fact that Obama's still ahead in these economic times shows how bad the republican ticket is. It's becoming more and more obvious that Romney has no workable plan, all he can do is blame Obama

    August 26, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Anthony

    Today's Republican Party has its roots in Lyndon Johnson's decision to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Richard Nixon's decision to pursue a Southern strategy of courting Southern white voters. Dixie Democrats who opposed civil rights left the Democratic Party. People who supported civil rights left the Republican Party. The party of Lincoln is no more.

    August 26, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. myviewis

    Republicans were Democrats that broke away from the Democratic Party because they were against slavery and wanted to stop it and Abraham Lincoln was the chief leader of the Whig Party who became part of the Republican Party. So where do the Democrat people get the idea that Republicans are racists and Democrats are the defenders of Blacks?????

    August 26, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Thomas

    The GOPs roots that go back to the 1800s ?

    And what year did they come down with root rot , 1930s or 1960s ?

    August 26, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. myviewis

    drake mallard
    Nobody is voting for Romney, they're voting against Obama

    People are voting against Obama??? People are realizing that Obama was not what he was potrayed to be in 2008. This is a guy who had no working experience with budgets, finances, taxes, permits, infrastructure, education, jobs, security, etc... This guy was never a city manager, a mayor, never ran a department, never ran a business, was not a governor, he had never been in charge of anything. People voted on a fabricated image of Obama. Obama is a kid from Hawaii who had lived a very nice life, came from a successful mother, father, stepfather and grandmother. Unfortunately, people tried to potray Obama as opposite of his true life and they created a working experience he did not have which is why now voters see that he is in over his head. He cannot handle the job of president.

    August 26, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. fernace

    In Willard Milton Romneys own words:"I understand how difficult it can be for an African-American in todays society. In fact, I can relate to black people very well, indeed. My ancestors once owned slaves & it's in my lineage to work closely w/the black community. However, just because they were Freed over a century ago doesn't mean they can now be Freeloaders. They need to be Told to work hard & the incentives just aren't there anymore for them. When I'm president I plan to work closely w/the black community to bring back a sense of Pride & Work Ethic back into view for them." This speech is about as condesending, insulting & bigoted as I have heard in Modern Day America & from the mouth of a man who professes to want to lead All Americans! Todays GOTP has much more in common w/the pro-slavery Whigs than they do Abraham Lincoln's anti-slavery Republican Party!! Forward to the Future, not Backwards to the Past-Obama 2012!

    August 26, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |