I am a Republican. So was my mother and grandmother.

It just seemed the natural thing to be, even though my father and grandfather were Democrats.

As time has gone by — I realize why I have been a lifelong Republican and why it was the natural thing to be as a woman.

The Republican Party was founded by people who were against slavery and against the Kansas-Nebraska Act that promoted slavery in the United States. The Democrats were generally for slavery.

Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican U.S. President and he freed 3.1 million slaves in 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War — the war against slavery. After winning the war — Congress freed all slaves in 1865 with the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

During the Civil War — there was a man that was half black and half white and a former slave who became a devoted member of the Republican Party and friend of President Lincoln, his name was Frederick Douglass — he served in the Union in the Civil War. After the war he was the first African American to receive a federal appointment that required Senate approval to be the U.S. Emissary to Haiti.

Douglass supported women’s suffrage vote and was the only black man that attended the Seneca Falls, New York, Women’s Rights Convention. He said that he “could not accept the right to vote as a black man if women could not claim that right” and the world would be a better place if women were allowed in the political sphere.

On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was officially passed giving women the right to vote; 50 years after the black man was allowed to vote.

Even though it took a while so that my grandmother, mother and myself were able to vote, I do realize the progression of freedom that would not have happened if Republicans had not stood against slavery, elected Lincoln, freed the slaves and women the right to vote.

Douglass said “The Republican Party is the ship and all else is the sea around us.”

Glad to be on board.

Renee Christopher-McPheeters

Lecanto

(6) comments

SHC

Weird how the Republican Party's current president only received 8% of the black vote in 2016, huh? Maybe the party left them?

CitrusCo Citizen

So sorry for you, Renee. You need to run away from the Dark Side.

MikeBond

Renee, there is a hole in your ship of pirates.

LBooth

It would be nice if we had a republican party that lived by their core values, but we don't. Instead we have the Trump party which is trashing all the values we had. Remember Ron Regan saying "I did not leave my party, my party left me?" That's where we are today. But republicans need to wake up and realize what is happening to their party and their country. The real patriots here will be the few who stood up to Trump .

Ssabmud

It's wonderful that you have such vivid memories of your youth, but things have changed a little since then.

Miuke Nelson

Please, stop living in the past. The Republican party, under Trump, is no longer the Grand Old Party of the Civil War era or even the GOP of just a few years ago. Evolve, not devolve.

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