Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Black Politics in the Age of F.D.R
This book examines a remarkable political phenomenon--the dramatic shift of black voters from the Republican to the Democratic party in the 1930s, a shift all the more striking in light of the Democrats' indifference to racial concerns. Nancy J. Weiss shows that blacks became Democrats in response to the economic benefits of the New Deal and that they voted for Franklin Ro...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published November 1st 1983 by Princeton University Press
(first published 1983)
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Shows how and why Afro-Americans became committed to Rooseveltian democrats. Their new deal allegiance ended a long-standing loyalty to the Republican party of Lincoln. Democrats battled for anti-lynching and anti-poll tax legislation, especially Eleanor Roosevelt. Race became a touchy subject for FDR. He could not wholeheartedly endorse anti-lynching legislation because he needed southern senators to help pass new deal legislation. Again, ERs symbolic alliance with black political leaders made...more