From Republicans to Democrats: The Changing Political Allegiance of Black Voters

Why did Black voters vote in greater numbers for Republicans in the first 70 years after the Civil War?
A slave owner holding a baby and a whip and a group of slaves

If the Republican Party was at the forefront of the movement to abolish slavery and to protect Black rights during Reconstruction, then why, for the past 50 years, have African Americans consistently voted at an 80% or higher rate for a Democratic president?

This lesson asks us to evaluate how the Republican Party went from outlawing slavery in the United States to its present struggle to appeal to black voters.

Teaching Standard
NCSS C3 Standard D4.7.9-12.
Teaching Area
African American History
US History to 1877
US History since 1877
Grade Level
Downloadable Files
Jason Beavers-From Republicans to Democrat.docx
Letter Writing Rubric(BL M).docx