Republican Roots of Memorial Day
The Republican Party was founded before the American Civil War to counter the Democrats demands to continue and expand Slavery in America. During the great conflict that followed over 600,000 troops lost their lives - as well as untold civilians. When southern black Americans were finally emancipated by the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln and given the right to vote they registered and voted Republican - until the Democrats regained power in the South and took their rights away for decades.
The following story recalls how the black residents of Charleston gave a dignified burial to the Union Troops, honored their sacrifice and respected the memories of their fallen emancipators, years before Memorial day was proclaimed. READ THE ARTICLE HERE>