Just a thought. Consider:
We know that Republicans are typically Conservative and Democrats are typically Liberal.
We also know that Conservatives like to keep things the way they are for the most part. They are "disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change" (Dictionary.com).
Liberals, on the other hand, promote change for the most part. They are "favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs" (Dictionary.com).
In that case, does that not mean that during the era of the Civil War, Republicans were the Liberals for wanting to abolish the institution of slavery and Democrats were the Conservatives for wanting to keep it in place?
Just a thought...
- James D. McIntosh Jr.
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