A recent letter writer (TNT, 1-21) made claims about Republicans and Democrats that need to be put into historical context.
The Republican Party in 1854 that proposed abolishing slavery is not the Republican Party we know now. And the Democrats who historically initiated poll taxes and reading tests to suppress black votes are not the Democrats of today.
In fact, the Republicans of today are far to the right of those in the pre-Civil War era. A major factor in this shift is that following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Democrats in the South, in large …