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Political parties have changed over time

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Mr. Donald Burleson’s letter of 30 June was interesting. He mentioned the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution regarding the right to vote. He stated correctly that no Democrat voted for it.

He failed to state that the vote took place in 1870, just five years after the Civil War. At that time the Democrats were ultra-conservative and the Republicans were progressive.

Remember, the south seceded because the Republicans were anti-slavery. Democrats were conservative until FDR ran for president. The old slave states became Republican when the Civil Rights act was passed by LB Johnson.

Since then they have been loyal Republicans and opposed any progressive legislation.

John Ford
Roswell

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