The Republican Party was born in the early 1850′s by anti-slavery activists and individuals who believed that the government should grant western lands to settlers free of charge. In 1860, the Republicans successfully elected their nominee to the Presidency-Abraham Lincoln.
During his Presidency, the United States was wracked by the Civil War. During that war, and against the advice of his Cabinet, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. The Republicans of their day worked to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, outlawed slavery, the Fourteeenth, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws, and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans. That historic relationship is why the first African-American Congressmen were Republicans.
In 1896, Republicans were the first major party to argue for securing the right to vote for women. When the 19th Amendment was finally added to the Constitution, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control. The first woman elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana, in 1917.
Presidents during most of the late nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century were Republicans. While the Democrats and Franklin Roosevelt tended to dominate the American politics in the 1930s and 40s, for thirty-two of the forty-eight years from 1952 through 2008, the White House has been in Republican hands-under Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush. Under Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the United States became the world’s only superpower, winning the Cold War from the old Soviet Union and releasing millions from Communist oppression.
Today, Republicans around the nation are rallying together to celebrate our common values of economic prosperity, cutting taxes and government waste, and a return to education excellence.
Navajo Canyon RWF
2295 Needham Road #4
El Cajon, CA 92020
We are a Club Without Boundaries! Representing Central San Diego Communities Throughout Navajo Area and East County.