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From Lincoln to Trump: a political transformation

Preface

2nd edition

 

Reasons for the second edition include adding a table of context, index, bibliography – the things I didn't do because I was in a hurry to release it before the 2020 election. I've included a summary of the political parties up to Lincoln, and finished the assessment of the 2020 election and end of Trump's presidency. I removed the appendices, and the summary is now more of a complete political analysis from my perspective, as a voter who has crossed aisles a number of times since her first vote in 1972.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

I queried a thesis advisor on my master's in history for someone with a history degree to give it an early read but got no response. I've still had no historical validity and feel less the historian because of it. But since first edition, I felt that everything I've included here has been historically accurate, and my editorials and analysis have held up. If you bought first edition, you might not need this, but you could get a Kindle sample to see some of the new material included. You might also ask your library to invest in 2nd edition.

 

This will show you in even more detail how the two parties have flipped since the Civil War, so that you understand when, and how, that happened. It'll show you if Congress was willing, or not, to work with the president, and how the Supreme Court affected each Republican President in these days since Trump stacked the deck in his favor, only to see them voting against him.

 

In light of the hopeful coming of our first woman president, Kamala Harris, there will be more focus on the voice of women in each presidency.

 

Because the book is getting a little unwieldy, I will be removing some information from first edition that has no evolution in our society to where we're at today.

 

Remember, the focus here is on the Republicans, but you will find the Democratic presidents shown in short detail for comparison and contrast. The chapter on the 60s, however, was pivotal to our modern politics, and will be shown where needed to explain how presidents moved forward from there.

 
Table of Contents

 

Introduction: with Political Parties before 1860 ..Page 6

Chapter 1: Abraham Lincoln & Racism   ……...Page 10

Chapter 2: Johnson & Freedom Amendments….Page 19

Chapter 3: Grant & Uniting Country……………Page 27

Chapter 4: Hayes & Compromised Presidency…Page 38

Chapter 5: Garfield & the Republicans Divided…Page 45

Chapter 6: A Republican between a Democrat…..Page 52

Chapter 7: McKinley & Growing USA Powe……Page 58

Chapter 8: Roosevelt & the Environment.….…....Page 63

Chapter 9: Taft, Harding, Coolidge & Optimism..Page 67 

Chapter 10: Hoover & the Conservative Right….Page 79

Chapter 11: Eisenhower & the CIA………..……..Page 88

Chapter 12: Civil Rights & Political Bloodshed…Page 98

Chapter 13: Nixon's Law & Compromise……..Page 126

Chapter 14: Ford's Unusual Presidency………..Page 136

Chapter 15: Ronald Reagan's & The Cold War…Page 146

Chapter 16: George H.W. Bush & Iraq………….Page 155

Chapter 17: GW Bush & Unfinished Business….Page 165

Chapter 18: Reactions to a Black President………Page 178

Chapter 19: How We Created a Trump…………Page 188

Analysis …………………………………….…Page 208

Teachers Classroom Guide…………………………………………………

Bibliography…………………………………………..

Index ……………………………………………….

 


Introduction

 

Why you'll want to read, and even teach out of, this book?

 

Society is a process and evolving culmination of events. No decision is made without repercussions, only in the hope of negatives mitigated. This book will clearly demonstrate the divisiveness of decisions, showing how one led to the next, how those decisions affected US society, and how the attitudes of those decisions began to tear our political parties apart, to the point where they can't seem to compromise anymore.

 

This is the one book on politics you'll need on our shelf. By disseminating topics of interest to us today, you'll get in close and in depth on every Republican starting with Lincoln, with a summary comparison to the Democratic presidents, including why a Democrat won where they did, leading to where we're at today, with Republicans who seem to want to take us back to the days of Washington, and allow only "quality" votes.

 

What initially inspired this book was a survey by historians that concludes with agreement that Lincoln was our best president, while Trump is the worst. Under a first Republican president we had a house divided, and we'll follow that exploration with the march of presidents to see how we got to a place where, under Trump, we would fear anarchy and a new civil war being led by a GOP-supported rogue president.

 

In researching this second edition, I learned that our founding fathers were afraid of democracy, the kind of democracy that Jefferson embraced. They never meant this to be a truly democratic country, which is evidenced by how few people at the time were given the right to vote. We know today that the Republicans seem to think the wrong people are voting today. They understand that if they don't get real with the people, they won't get the vote. In complete unity (including Romney) they voted against Biden's 2021 stimulus plan.

 

But real democracy in this country is a necessity, in a way our founding fathers could never have envisioned. Amendments to the Constitution recognize that change, giving all citizens the right to vote.

 

Taft once said "it seems to be the profession of a president simply to hear other people talk." As an anomaly, Trump famously told the media that he was the one who was right and not his advisers. Through reading this book you'll observe how such an anomaly can happen.

 

In this 2nd edition I'll be focusing more on the Supreme Court to find out why appointments are so politically charged, and will include more on the women's rights movement. I'll also add what Congresses each president had. At first, Congress had more power than the president, but this has decreased to where presidents with strong personalities can push through seemingly anything with just a little charm. They need to lead and unite the country, but with the parties becoming more strongly partisan, taking their voters with them, the last thing we needed was a president who was happy to continue to "divide and conquer." This was the plan to get land from Native American Indians, and if we're right about Trump, he continued this as a directive of Russia's Vladimir Putin. Trump had no interest in uniting the country; right after his election he began to rail against the three million more votes that Hillary got, claiming they were all illegal.

 

One answer in this transformation lies in our treatment of minorities. Racism and white supremacy form the core of the book, but we'll also look at such issues as economics, war, assassinations, foreign affairs, women's rights, political compromise, and immigration.

 

Today it seems that all laborers, those who need three jobs, and even us in the supposed middle class, are slaves of the rich. Did the Republicans under Lincoln have this vision of our country? Trump's tax cuts benefit the rich, as did Reagan's. Did Lincoln free the slaves to form a cheap labor market for industry? This idea caused the draft riots in New York City in 1863, where the Irish attacked the blacks in protest of fighting to free them. 

 

No one book can do this topic complete justice, but, in also taking summary note of Democratic presidents on these issues, you'll see the attitudes that demonstrate the changes this country has gone through during and since the Civil War.

 

You will recognize my own bias from time to time, but I will not allow my opinion to be mirrored as truth.

Here's one of many comments that surprised me:

 

It would be grossly unfair and inaccurate to say that every one of Trump's supporters have prejudice against ethnic and religious minorities, but it would be equally inaccurate to say that few do. The Republican party, going at least as far back to Richard Nixon's "southern strategy," has historically used tactics that appealed to bigotry, such as lacing speeches with "dog whistles" — code words that signaled prejudice toward minorities that were designed to be heard by racists but no one else."

 

I did not expect to find that Nixon was racist.

 

Since I did not do any primary research on this (the only travel was to a library) the facts are as accurate as the sources. Toward the end you'll see more emphasis on web links, which is probably not surprising since more current material has yet to appear in books; at least, not in an objective fashion.

 

Before we get to Lincoln, the first Republican president, here's the evolution of the political parties starting with Washington. This alone should make this edition a worthy addition to your bookshelf.

 

USA Political Parties before 1860

 

Election of

1788: George Washington was a Federalist, John Adams was as well, with George Clinton as anti-Federalist. They felt they should use Great Britain as the model of government. Washington won, the only president to get all electoral college votes (69) and Adams got the second highest votes to get VP. Washington created Thanksgiving, attempted to abolish slavery, and met with tribal leaders for land deals as equals … at first. He declared national unity as essential to preserve freedom and prosperity. The Supreme Court consisted of one chief justice and five associate justices. At first they had little to do, but one comment was if the US goes beyond their powers and make a law that is not authorized in the Constitution, the judicial power will declare it to be void. Justices were often chosen for their geographic locations. Political patronage was evident from the start in these appointments. 

Created to show how the GOP got from Lincoln to Trump by following issues of all the presidents, issues that are important to us yet today. Expect some surprises!