Summarize the attached article in your own words. Please include the following issues in your essay:
When did the Republican Party first organize? What was its initial agenda?
Who were the early supporters of the Republican Party in Texas? Approximately what proportion of these supporters were African-American? Why did African-Americans so strongly support the Republicans?
Who established the Republican Club of Texas? When was this group organized and for what purpose?
Identify the significant victories or gains made by the Republican Party in the 1960s and 1970s.
Summarize the discussion of the “beginning of realignment” by identifying the key elections and political figures from this era.
From the Republican perspective, explain the significance of the 1994 and 1998 statewide elections. When did the Republicans first gain a majority in the State Senate? In the State House of Representatives?
Why can the Republican Party claim that their beliefs are in touch with the Texas political culture? Give specific examples from the web site and the class discussion over political culture. If necessary, please review Lesson 02 over Political Culture.
To receive full credit for this assignment, students MUST respond to all portions of this assignment. All information for this assignment will be found in the article cited above. However, students may supplement their essay with information from the text or other sources. Five points will be deducted from the grade for written assignments that contain spelling and grammar errors.
All written assignments must be submitted in paragraph form; please do not use bulleted lists as a substitute for proper essay form. The questions listed above are considered to be an outline for this assignment — not individual questions to be answered in a list format. Students who respond to the assignment questions in this manner will see an automatic deduction of 10 points from the grade earned.