Thanks to our Founding Fathers, the United States has seen some pretty miraculous things happen within our government. While politicians aren’t perfect, they have implemented some incredible changes in our country. Keep reading to discover some of the greatest things that have happened in the United States because of the Republican party!It goes without saying that the United States has definitely seen its dark days, especially when it comes to slavery. When Abraham became president, he knew that he needed to make some changes to how people were being treated. So, in 1863, he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all of the slaves in the Confederacy.
The Civil War was a war on U.S. soil that claimed that the lives of over 600,000 people. Sadly, it tore families apart and created intense division within the country. That was until in 1865 when Lincoln led the north to victory and declared an end to the war.
For some reason, the Founding Fathers didn’t believe that women had a place in politics. In 1872, Republicans Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote the text of the 19th amendment and handed it over to Republican Senator Aaron Sargent. Finally, in 1920, the amendment was ratified and women received the right to vote!
The Spanish-American War may have only last four months, but it claimed the lives of thousands of people. But thanks to Republican William McKinley, the war came to an end in 1898 and Spain was forced to give up its claim on Cuba.
When former President Teddy Roosevelt entered into the White House, he encountered several problems with the Panama Canal. In 1904, Roosevelt became victorious when America took control of the Panama Canal and turned it into one of the most crucial locations for world shipping.
Before women had the right to vote, they were obviously not allowed to run for any kind of political office. That was until 1916, when Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1923, Calvin Coolidge became the 30th president of the United States. Then, in 1928, Coolidge signed a law that allowed the construction of the Hoover Dam to begin, which became a huge supplier of hydroelectric power.
During the1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Republican Jesse Owens embarrassed Hitler by winning four gold medals. Owens said that he “was treated marvelously by everyone. Anything any of the American athletes, including myself, wanted they got for us. My biggest thrill was when the American flag was raised after my victory in the 100 meters.” Sadly, President Roosevelt didn’t show his support by refusing to invite Owens to the White House. “Hitler didn’t snub me – it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn’t even send me a telegram,” said Owens.
Baseball is undeniably one of America’s favorite pastimes, but unfortunately, at one time the sport was just for white people. That was until 1947 when Republican Jackie Robinson broke color barriers and became the first black baseball player to play in the Major Leagues. Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated on April 15 every year by baseball teams to honor Robinson for changing baseball history and opened doors for other players.
Traveling across the country hasn’t always been as easy as it is today. In fact, it wasn’t until 1956, when Republican Dwight Eisenhower began the construction of the Interstate highway system, that people could freely drive from one side of the country to the other side with no problems.
Before Dwight Eisenhower became president, black children weren’t allowed to go to the same schools as white children. Then, in 1957, Eisenhower “deployed the 82nd Airborne Division to desegregate Little Rock’s government schools over the strenuous resistance of Governor Orval Faubus (D., Ark.).”
in 1959, Hawaii joined ranks and started progressing towards a brighter future. In 1959, they elected Republican Hiram Fong as their senator, making him the first Asian-American senator in the United States.
Up until 1960, there was no protection for people of different colors, religions, and sexual preference. However, in 1960, Eisenhower signed “the GOP’s 1960 Civil Rights Act after it survived a five-day, five-hour filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats.”
It’s the responsibility of the president to make sure that the economy is doing well. Unfortunately, that’s not always an easy task. In 1981, Ronald Reagan reawakened the economy with tax cuts that created jobs, prosperity, and economic growth.
When Ronald Reagan was president he worked tirelessly to break up the Soviet Union. It was until 1991, when George H.W. Bush was president, that his work finally paid off when the Soviet Union formally dissolved.
It goes without saying that Saddam Hussein created a reign of terror in his country. In an effort to stop him, George H.W. Bush started a coalition in 1991 that forced Hussein out of Kuwait.
Even though Clinton had vetoed two previous versions of welfare reform, he redeemed himself in 1996. Republicans sent him a third version of the reform, which he signed in order to fulfill his campaign promise.
The terror attacks on 9/11 shook the nation and caused all eyes to be diverted in President George W. Bush’s direction. In 2001, Bush retaliated by forcing the Taliban and their allies out of power. He then helped the country establish a democratic government.
It goes without saying that the United States has had a difficult time eliminating discrimination. In 2005, George W. Bush appointed the first black woman to be the Secretary of State.