Steven Spielberg's fantastic new film 'Lincoln' clearly shows how it was the Republicans - not the Democrats - that pushed through the constitutional amendment to free the slaves. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.
So I'm curious : what were the central events in history that switched the Republicans over to becoming the party of the rich and the Democrats becoming the favored political party of African-Americans ? Was it the arrival of FDR ? Or was it LBJ pushing through the Civil Rights Act ? Or was it something else ? I'd like to hear opinions on this.
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