One of the things I’ve been hearing from Republicans (not politicians but the people who vote for Republican politicians … the hoi polloi) is the “fact” (fact?) that the GOP provided the majority to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
I’ve read this article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/28/republicans-party-of-civil-rights
and you’ll notice how Democratic Party leaders such as Strom Thurmond LEFT the Democratic party AFTER the 1964 Civil Rights ACT was passed. Many others bailed too.
The one place where I disagree with the article is here:
“The Republican candidate for president in 1964, Barry Goldwater, was one of the few non-Confederate state senators to vote against the bill. He carried his home state of Arizona and swept the deep southern states – a first for a Republican ever.”
The exact PART I disagree with is calling “Arizona” a non Confederate State.
Arizona was claimed by both the Union and the Confederacy and a few battles were fought in Arizona & New Mexico Territory.
But the kicker is the date of admission as a state, it has a historic Confederate connection (which tells you what the mood of the people was back in 1912 at statehood).
“Arizona was recognized as a Confederate Territory by presidential proclamation of Jefferson Davis on February 14, 1862. This is the first official use of the name. Arizona supported the Confederate cause with men, horses, and supplies. Formed in 1862, Arizona Scout Companies fought with the Confederate Army throughout the war. Arizona has the westernmost recorded engagement of the war, the Battle of Picacho Pass.” (quote from wikipedia)
“Arizona became a US state on February 14, 1912. Arizona was the 48th state admitted to the US and the last of the contiguous states to be admitted.” (quote from wikipedia)
Notice the 2 dates? Feb 14th, 1862 recognized as a Confederate Territory by the Confederacy.
So no, Arizona is NOT a non Confederate State (although during the Civil war it was a territory, but they are a state now and their date of admission coincides with the confederacy, NOT the February 24th of 1863 in which the Union created Arizona territory)
Furthermore, we know that the people of the 2 parties basically switched sides after 1964, and many more switched sides after 1972 with Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”.
Let’s not forget Ronald Reagan’s “Dixie Dog Whistle” campaign start in Philadelphia, Mississippi.