Frederick Douglass Republicans can save our republic

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Excellent piece highlighting how the left has essentially "scrubbed" the history books of the contributions of black Americans, including the fact that 16 blacks served in Congress during the Reconstruction period.  The piece also spotlights the numerous black Americans running for office this year as Conservative Republicans.

Frederick Douglass Republicans can save our republic
October 18, 2010   By Carmen Reynolds



“I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress. ” —Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)

Today conservatives, Republicans and tea partiers are blatantly branded as racists. Nothing could be further from the truth, and the Frederick Douglass Republicans want to cut through these racist charges and fast forward to the issues at hand: limited government, fiscal restraint and constitutionality.

The racist labels are something the 40 African-American Frederick Douglass Republicans running for Congress – the most ever since Reconstruction – aim to change. Unfortunately, only 15 of these candidates remain after the primaries, and they need financial help.

Frederick Douglass was a former slave, an American social reformer, orator, writer, advisor to President Abraham Lincoln and statesman, serving as a U.S. senator. Douglass wrote several autobiographies, eloquently describing his life as a slave and his struggles to be free. His classic autobiography, “Life and Times of Frederick Douglass” is one of the most well-known accounts of American slavery. Author James Oakes considers Douglass the leading African-American of the 19th Century. Not many even know about Douglass, however.

In David Barton’s book “Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White,” he identifies historical events largely removed from our children’s history books that give the complete story of how the Democrats used race to cripple African-Americans in the United States.

He recounts how history has been rewritten and altered to portray this country’s black history – one so rich with black patriots, who fought, died, and participated in the political life of this country. It’s a pity many of us will have to go back and study this rich history since it’s been excluded from our curriculum.

For example, how many readers are aware of the fact that 16 African-American men served in the U.S. Congress during the Reconstruction period, many also serving as members of the state conventions by which the 14th Amendment was ratified?

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