From the end of the Civil War,*African Americansprimarily favored the Republican Party due to its overwhelming political and more tangible efforts in achieving abolition, particularly through President Lincoln's*Emancipation Proclamation.*The south had long been a Democratic stronghold, favoring a state's right to legal slavery. In addition, the ranks of the fledglingKu Klux Klan*were composed almost entirely of white Democrats angry over poor treatment by northerners and bent on reversing the policies ofReconstruction
This is a honest question. Republicans should have the black vote on lock.