Nation | Elections

Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?

NPR | July 14, 2014 11:43 a.m. | Updated: July 14, 2014 4:08 p.m.

Black votes weren’t always assumed to be Democratic. Before 1964, the GOP still had a substantial number of black voters, who’d been drawn to the party of Lincoln for more than 100 years. But when the ultra conservative wing of the GOP overthrew Republican moderates to choose Barry Goldwater as the party standard-bearer, black voters deserted the GOP in droves.

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