Saturday, October 04, 2008

A bit of history

Not too many people know that a female and an African-American man have previously shared the ticket.

Yet in 1872, Victoria Woodhull was the first woman who ran for president, sharing the ticket with abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

An interesting campaign, because Douglass was advocating for the Republicans (this being post-Civil War, when they were actually for civil rights) - but do some reading, if you haven't already. It's fascinating stuff.


JLee said...

Wow. That is interesting. History is now repeating itself...

Darth Weasel said...

it wasn't that long ago the party positions were almost exactly reversed. Remember, McGovern was a Democrat...and that was the 60s.

The cynic in me says the change had little to do with actual policy or wants...except the want to appear more civic minded. *sigh*