These three podcast episodes cover some of the very interesting history of how the Democratic and Republican parties have changed since the country’s founding, particularly in terms of how demographics shaped their support (or lack thereof) of abolition and, later, the civil rights movement. The second two podcast episodes also discuss the evolution of the parties in terms of economic policy, states’ rights, business interests, “free market capitalism,” and the Christian right.
Below are links to the episodes along with the blurbs provided for them on the podcast websites.
Code Switch: The Original Blexit
How is it that the party of Lincoln became anathema to black voters? It’s a messy story, exemplified in the doomed friendship between Richard Nixon and his fellow Republican, Jackie Robinson.
Civics 101: The Republican Party
What role did slavery play in the formation of the Republican Party? How did a scrappy third party coalition create what became known as the Grand Old Party? And how did the party of Lincoln become the party of Trump?
Civics 101: The Democratic Party
How did the Democratic party become “blue?” Why were they initially called Republicans? And most importantly, how did the party that supported slavery become the party that nominated our first African-American president?