After World War II, during the civil rights movement, Democrats in the South initially still voted loyally with their party. After the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, white voters who became tolerant of diversity began voting against Democratic incumbents for GOP candidates. The Republicans carried many Southern states for the first time since before the Great Depression. Rising educational levels and rising prosperity in the South, combined with shifts to the left by the national Democratic Party on a variety of socio-economic issues, led to widespread abandonment of the Democratic Party by white voters and Republican dominance in many Southern states by the 1990s and 2000s.<quoted text>
Re-writing history again? Typical revisionism from the lunatic left.
"Southern Bloc" of 18 southern Democratic Senators and one Republican Senator led by Richard Russell (D-GA) launched a filibuster to prevent its passage. Said Russell: "We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our (Southern) states."
Let's see, ONE Republican, and EIGHTEEN Democrats tried to block the passage of Civil Rights Bill of 1964.
Democratic Party: 152-96 (61%-39%)
Republican Party: 138-34 (80%-20%)
Democratic Party: 46-21 (69%–31%)
Republican Party: 27-6 (82%–18%)
Gee sure looks like substantially more Republicans were in favor of civil rights than Democrats. Not too mention the Democrats filibustered for 54 days to block passage.
I'm sorry you were saying something about Republicans being against civil rights? Those pesky silly FACTS just always get in the way of your opinion and revisionist history.
When Richard Nixon courted voters with his Southern Strategy, many Democrats became Republicans and the South became fertile ground for the GOP, which conversely was becoming more conservative as the Democrats were becoming more liberal. However, Democratic incumbents still held sway over voters in many states, especially those of the Deep South. In fact, until 2002, Democrats still had much control over Southern politics. It wasn't until the 1990s that Democratic control gradually collapsed, starting with the elections of 1994, in which Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress, through the rest of the decade. Southern Democrats of today who vote for the Democratic ticket are mostly urban liberals. Rural residents tend to vote for the Republican ticket, although there are a sizable number of conservative Democrats.