The Republicans, on the other hand, tell a very different historical narrative. Lincoln (a Republican) freed the slaves. Eisenhower (a Republican) integrated the armed forces. It was George Wallace (a former Democrat) and Strom Thurmond (a former Democrat - much later turned Republican) that ran on racist platforms. It was Robert Byrd (a Democrat) that was once a member of the KKK. Rather than go on, I direct you to this blog post that explains the whole thing better than I can.
There are two very different stories being told here. My goal is not to tell which is right, but to expose my readers to different points of view so they may find out for themselves, or at least so they will have more patience with another who has been told something different.
P. S. Since writing this, I came across another blog post explaining in even more detail the Republican version of events.