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Who Were The 1860s Radical Republicans?
Few people know that American icon Frederick Douglass belonged to a very unique and courageous group of men known as the Radical Republicans. These were men who worked feverishly, and tirelessly, inside and outside of the halls of the U.S. Congress in the 1860s to improve the lot of Blacks, women, and frankly, all of America. Without them and their gallant efforts, America would have remained a divided country, and more than half of our nation would have continued to be weighed down by the chains, and shackles, symbolic of the cruel, and oppressive, institution of slavery. You see, this unique group strongly advocated for total emancipation of slaves before, during, and after the Civil War. They dared to insist on harsh penalties for a racist and brutal Democratic South following the war; which was a period known as Reconstruction (after slavery was abolished). They also wanted Blacks to have the right to citizenship, ownership of land, and the right to vote. Because of this, they were called radicals, since their ideas were considered radical ideas, at the time. Unabashedly, they accepted this title proudly. To them , it was a badge of honor. Little known is that it was a repugnant and racist Democratic South that gave birth to the institution of slavery and fought a war that claimed over 620,000 lives to, not only hold onto slavery, but to expand it westward. It was their bigoted, and violent, militant wing, known as the KKK, who lynched, tortured, raped, molested, and murdered Blacks and White Radical Republicans, at will. Few know that well over 1,000 White Radical Republicans were lynched right alongside of the Blacks they dared to assist and liberate. And to think that throughout Black History Month, these brave American patriots do not even get a honorable mention. These were men who faced death for Blacks in bondage. Just as shameful, the Republican Party is never mentioned, or credited, for the major role they played in abolishing slavery in the United States. and who do you think might be behind this omission? What political party would want that information withheld?
Two prominent leaders of this unique conservative abolishionist movement were Thaddeus Stevens, a fiery and no nonsense Congressman from Pennsylvania, and Charles Sumner, a well-respected Senator from Massachusetts, both men members of the Radical Republican Movement. Another prominent member was none other than Black Abolitionist and Radical Republican, Frederick Douglass, who was a private citizen. This was a man born into slavery, beaten regularly by what was known as a ‘slave breaker’ until one day he got tired of being whipped and beaten and he fought back. After that triumph, his slave master never attacked him again. In time, Douglass escaped to the north and married. He settled in New York and became quite a spokesman on the issue of slavery and life as a slave. Afraid that his slave master would learn where he was, since he was still an escaped slave, he took off for Europe where he lived and lectured for several years. Fortunately, his European sponsors went out and raised funds to pay for Mr. Douglass’s freedom. He returned to the United States soon after. In time he became so famous that he became a household name.
In the political world, Mr. Douglass joined forces with the Radical Republicans. Together, they stood toe-to-toe against racist Democrats, and middle-of-the-road members of their own party, who loathed them and called them extremists. Never once did these principled men give an inch to their detractors. It is this fighting spirit that Frederick Douglass is known for and what we need the Republican Party to return to today. We have allowed the democrats to define who we are throughout the Black community, other minority communities, and throughout history, and it is all lies. Ninety percent of Blacks, after they were freed from slavery, were Republicans and few Blacks even know that. Furthermore, the civil rights movenment started in 1854 with the formation of the Republican Party, not in the fifties and sixties as most people are led to believe. And it was the republicans who authored every single civil rights bill brought before Congress. Truth be told, it was the democrats who fought such bills and viciously. As a Black man born into slavery, who suffered the life of being a slave, Frederick Douglass still loved America and made no bones about it. He was the 'Father' of the Civil Rights Movement, hands down. He, along with other Black conservatives, paved the way for leaders such as Booker T Washington, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Martin Luther King, Jr., the 'Son' of the Civil Rights Movement. Author of several books, Douglass is largely known as an abolitionist and stateman. Few know, or were taught, that he was a staunch conservative and Radical Republican. He was also someone President Abraham Lincoln indulged, engaged, and sometimes listened to.
As a conservative, Mr. Douglass believed in, and defended, the vision of the Founding Fathers, which was one of liberty and freedom for all. The only true obstacle for the framers was King George III, and the slave issue owned by those pesky southern democrats who felt that slavery was a right God sanctioned for them to have. Well, the framers overcame the problem with King George, by fighting the Revolutionary War. Problem is, the slavery issue remained. During the Civil War, Douglass did everything in his power to advance the Black cause. Above all, he was a patriot. He supported the Civil War effort, pressed President Lincoln to allow Blacks to fight for their freedom, and he was a driving force behind the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, which abolished slavery, gave Blacks citizenship status and own property, and allowed them the right to vote. He also worked hard for women’s rights. Mr. Douglass was a staunch defender of our US Constitution and our sacred Bill of Rights, as well.
As a conservative, Frederick Douglass believed in our individual rights and freedoms, a healthy free-market system, life, liberty, fair taxation, the 1st and 2nd Amendment, and prosperity and upward mobility for all, and a strong military to secure all of these wonderful things. Born a slave, Mr. Douglass died a millionaire, by today's standards. He attributed his mercurial rise to hard work and our free market system. Because of his gallant efforts, and that of a resolute Republican Party, especially Radical Republican members who stood with him, he lived to see slavery abolished in America. No, liberation did not come easy, but many Blacks and Whites, and Hispanics died fighting for it, so that we might enjoy freedom today. As republicans, and lovers of freedom, and liberty for all, we want to welcome you back home to the party of prosperity and freedom, and to the party that liberated your ancestors from the bondage of slavery. After all, we are the party of liberation. We are the only political party in America who can be proud of the accomplishements we made on behalf of minorities and the Black community. Our policies are meant to provide a person a hand up, not just a hand out. We want people to become all that they are capable of becoming, as long as they are productive, law-abiding citizens, regardless of color. We want freedom and liberty to ring true throughout the nation.
“I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress” - Frederick Douglass
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