The Republican Party, explained

Perhaps you’ve noticed that the Republican Party has been in the headlines lately? Their comical journey to find a new speaker of the House may be fresh news, but the root of that crisis has been many years in the making. Our latest Instaread examines the history and current state of conservative politics in the United States.

What Happened?

A lot of people have trouble squaring the history of Republicans — with leaders like Abraham Lincoln — with the party’s current push against immigrants and other marginalized communities.  A lot of it comes down to the late 1960s, when Republicans and Democrats basically switched their stances on civil rights. President Richard Nixon aligned with white supremacists while Democrats fought against segregation. Learn more about how the past informs the present with our latest Instaread.

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