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Facts upon facts, like the style or not.,
This review is from: Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama (Paperback)
Ann Coulter is very abrasive and very funny. Readers may or may not like that. What is truly valuable about her work is the reliability of her facts. These facts are often those that we non-Americans simply don't have brought to our attention very often. A vital example is that of the abysmal history of the Democratic Party in anything to do with race, as compared with the Republican Party and life-long civil rights supporters such as Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, whose efforts were ferociously resisted by the Democrats. Ann Coulter's work is a meticulously referenced invitation to research these matters further.
Here's an example, from Professor Christopher Waldrep's 'African Americans Confront Lynching': "...when Republicans almost passed a federal voting rights law in 1890, Democrats fought back by arguing that voting aroused the black bestiality and lust that made lynching necessary." I didn't have to search for that quote, it's from an electronic copy that happens to be open at that page on my desktop. Detailed confirmation of what Ann Coulter says is easily available on today's Internet. Her ability to arrange material is very rare, however. If you like her style, you'll really enjoy this book. If you don't like her style, then it's well worth getting past it.
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Elizabeth Henderson says:
If you know even a bit about American history, it's no real news that the Democratic Party in the 19th and early-mid 20th centuries was severely racist. After all it was a Republican president who brought about the end of slavery. For a long time a key portion of Democratic voters were white southerners who preferred legislation promoting racial segregation.
In the 20th century the Democrats engineered a shift in their policy though, and stopped pandering to this racist group. Therefore while the Democratic Party has been racist in the past, it's no longer an element of their policy. I don't really understand whether Coulter is trying to prove something about modern-day Democrats by reminding people of this (not at all secret) past? If the Democrats have an abysmal history in race relations, modern-day Republicans can't exactly argue that they are always the party promoting racial equality nowadays.
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