Big things happened in 1787, 1854, and 1932:
1787 — The Continental Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance. The purpose of the NWO was enacted to establish the Northwest Territory consisting of the lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains, South of the Great Lakes, North of the Ohio River, with the Mississippi River as the Western boundary. The NWO provided that the territory would be settled by the admission of new states rather than the expansion of existing states. The NWO also prohibited slavery in the new territory. In effect, the Ohio River became the boundary between slave and free territory in the region.” This early attempt to limit the expansion of slavery was in keeping with what America’s founding fathers had said 11 years earlier in the Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equally.
1854 — Stephen Douglas was the father of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 allowing people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves (“popular sovereignty”) whether or not to allow slavery within their borders. The Act served to repeal the Missouri Compromise of 1820 which prohibited slavery north of latitude 36°30’. This led to Bleeding Kansas or the Border War, a series of violent political confrontations involving anti-slavery “Free-Staters” and pro-slavery “Border Ruffians.” It lasted from 1854-1861 to the Battle of Ft. Sumpter and the Civil War.
It was the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 which led to the creation of the Republican party in July of that year. The new Republican party was formed for one main reason: to oppose the expansion of slavery. It’s other goals were to encourage new industry in the North, establish land grant colleges, and to pass an act of Congress providing for homesteads in the new territory. Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law in 1863.
1932 — The election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932 saw blacks voting overwhelmingly for Democrats for the first time. Until 1932 blacks voted almost exclusively for the Republican party because it was the party of Lincoln, the party that ended slavery. Since 1932 the Democrat party, the party of slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings, segregation, and racism in general, has enjoyed a steadily increasing share of the black vote so that today the Democrat party can command over 90% of their vote. Democrats have become so accustomed to having a super majority of the black vote they largely take it for granted. More and more, however, black people are beginning to resent the Democrats’ assumption that they own the black vote and changes may be coming. Blacks may begin moving back to the Republicans, the party that has never wanted to own them.
There was one more big thing that happened in 1932. The 1932 Ford with a flat head V-8 engine extended the thrill of speed to the working class. Previously, only rich people could afford cars capable of going fast. It also gave moonshiners the ability to outrun revenue agents.