When the Civil War ended, and after Republican President Abraham Lincolnliberated the slaves, Democrats initiated Jim Crow laws to punish blacks. Democrats discriminated against blacks. In fact, the KKK, was founded as the the terrorist wing of the Democrat Party.
The Ku Klux Klan assassinated many Republicans including Republican Representative James M. Hinds (December 5, 1833—October 22, 1868) of Little Rock. Hinds represented Arkansas in the United States Congress from June 24, 1868 through October 22, 1868 before his death.
The Ku Klux Klan was founded as the activist wing of the Democratic Party.
On September 28, 1868, a mob of Democratsmassacred nearly 300 African-American Republicans in Opelousas, Louisiana. The savagery began when racist Democrats attacked a newspaper editor, a white Republican and schoolteacher for ex-slaves. Several African-Americans rushed to the assistance of their friend, and in response, Democrats went on a “Negro hunt,” killing every African-American (all of whom were Republicans) in the area they could find. (Via Grand Old Partisan)
Democrats in hoods slaughtered hundreds of Republicans and blacks across the country.
They beat and threatened and murdered Republicans for standing with the black man.
On April 20, 1871 the Republicans passed the anti-Ku Klux Klan Act outlawing Democratic terrorist groups.
The last KKK official to serve in Washington DC was former Senator Robert Byrd, a KKK kleagle. Byrd was a top Democrat and friend of Joe Biden.
In fact, throughout the Civil Rights era of the 19th and 20th century Democrats fought against freedom and rights for the black man.
The only blip of positive news during the 19th Century for Democrats was the long-forgotten Juneteenth celebration. After the Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln was murdered by a Democrat his successor Andrew Johnson sent US troops to Galveston to free the slaves their in Texas.
This is the only bright spot for Democrats today in the entire history of civil rights in the 19th and most of the 20th centuries.
Hence, they made it a national holiday.
They had to.
Here is a brief history of the end of slavery and emancipation in the United States.
Via Michael Zak at Grand Old Partisan and later reposted at Free Republic:
September 22, 1862: Republican President Abraham Lincoln issues preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
January 1, 1863: Emancipation Proclamation, implementing the Republicans’ Confiscation Act of 1862, takes effect
The Democratic Party
Source: The Gateway Pundit