Hoisted from comments: vtcodger submitted a comment to 'The Buried Past of the Democratic Party'
vtcodger submitted a comment to 'The Buried Past of the Democratic Party': A minor point, but the Republicans were pretty good on civil rights as late as 1964. In June of 1964, Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen delivered 27 of 33 Republican votes for cloture -- the key vote on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See http://www.congresslink.org/print_basics_histmats_civilrights64_cloturespeech.htm.
If I recall correctly Goldwater was one of the six Republicans who voted against cloture. Says all that needs to be said about that guy I think.
Unfortunately, the course of the Republican party since then has been pretty much downhill including skimming a considerable amount of Dixiecrat scum into their ranks. I don't know how one is going to gloss that decent into darkness over.