Wrong On Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past, by Bruce Bartlett

The following release is being issued today by Bruce Bartlett: With the 2008 presidential election on the horizon and the country in turmoil over the primaries, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Bartlett brings to the forefront one of the most crucial and constant debates of our time: the issue of race.

Through painstaking research of the historical evidence, WRONG ON RACE: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past, debunks the commonly-held myth that the Democratic Party is the best party for African American voters. From the inaction of Jim Crow laws and the infamous “Dixiecrats” to John F. Kennedy’s apathy toward civil rights legislation, Bruce Bartlett exposes truths that the Democratic Party would rather forget, especially in the face of a pivotal election season.

Though Bartlett’s indictment is an impassioned call for change, it is grounded in indisputable facts of United States history, such as:

— Andrew Jackson, considered the Democratic Party’s co-founder, owned as many as 150 slaves. On one occasion he offered $10 extra for every 100 lashes given to a runaway slave up to 300 lashes.

— When Democrats got control of the White House and Congress for the first time since the Civil War in the 1892 elections, they moved quickly to repeal the civil rights bills enacted by Republicans during Reconstruction.

— Harry Truman joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1924.

— As a senator, John F. Kennedy voted with the South against even bringing the 1957 civil rights bill up for a vote and courted racist Southerners like Alabama Governor John Patterson in his quest for the White House.

Bruce Bartlett leads the reader through a chilling history of racism, often ignored in the face of the “minority-friendly” Democratic Party of today. For the last seventy years, African Americans have voted en masse for one party — one whose cultural history may be adversarial to their progress.

With our nation on the cusp of major political change, and politicians vying for votes, Bartlett proposes that it is time for African American voters to reconsider. Bartlett was a domestic policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan and a treasury official under President George H.W. Bush.

He is the author of the New York Times best-seller, Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy, and he has written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The National Review, and Fortune.

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