Thursday, February 02, 2023
After the Civil War, there was a significant shift in the American political landscape. The Democratic Party, which had previously been the party of the South and slavery, was badly damaged by the war and the abolition of slavery. Many Southern Democrats, known as "Dixiecrats," felt betrayed by the party and shifted their support to the Republican Party, which was seen as the party of Lincoln and the Union. The Dixiecrats were conservative, white supremacists who opposed the Reconstruction policies of the Republican-led government, and the Republican Party's stance on limited government and support for business and industry made them appealing to many of these voters.
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In the years following the Civil War, the Republican Party became the dominant political force in the South, while the Democratic Party shifted its focus to the North and West, where it could still attract support from working-class and immigrant voters. Over time, the Republican Party evolved into the party of conservatism, while the Democratic Party became the party of progressivism and liberal reforms. This switch of American political parties after the Civil War helped to lay the foundation for the current political landscape in the United States.
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