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The history of Republicans

August 28, 2017


The GOP, the Grand Old Party…

-Under Lincoln, it was issued through the Emancipation Proclamation that the slaves were no longer slaves, and the Civil War was a turning point for African Americans and their importance to American society, and what makes it true today. He also granted that any person born in America is granted citizenship, and that former slaves were now free to vote in elections. (Men only, of course)

-1872-The introduction of women’s rights by Susan B. Anthony and Cady Stanton, both prominent Republicans, were written out for the passage of the 19th Amendment but sadly was not passed until 1920.

-Under Dwight Eisenhower, the Interstate Highway System was created and now he is the reason so many Americans are able to transport themselves from one point to another.

-Appointed by a republican president, Jeannette Rankin was the first women elected to the U.S House of Representatives in 1916, which is really confusing because it is even before women’s suffrage!

-After years and years of stagflation, which is high inflation and unemployment, under many democratic presidents, the rise of conservatism was on its brink and Ronald Reagan not only cut taxes heavily but the economy prospered under him.

-Also under Reagan, the collapse of the Soviet Union finally came to an end, thus restoring the former Cold War tensions and gradual steps for an era of world peace.

-2005- after decades of fighting for women’s position in the government, Condi Rice, under George W. Bush, is appointed secretary of state. Not to mention she was also black.

Once again, although major improvement of history has been achieved from their presidencies, like everything in life and especially policies of the government, cannot be perfect.


-During the Great Depression, little was done by president Herbert Hoover, and all that many remember of him, were the “hoovervilles” that were made up of homeless on the streets caused by unemployment during the depression.

-Under Nixon, he was one of few presidents unable to finish his term because of resignation under the “Watergate” scandal, accusing Nixon of causing turmoil and chaos towards the Nation Democratic Convention, and also causing many Americans to lose faith in their government.

-Ronald Reagan, during the AIDS epidemic, refused to believe that it was a disease that could affect you if you were not a homosexual, and proceeded to call it “gay man’s disease”

-After the attack on the World Trade Center, the U.S wanted to proceed with war in Afghanistan by claiming that there were weapons of mass destruction located there. Even being told by the United Nations that there were indeed none, the U.S invaded only to find no weapons of mass destruction.

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