Re "'Conservatives' were Dems" (Letters, Aug. 23): The letter writer took exception to a recent column that argued that conservatives have been on the "wrong side of history" regarding slavery and civil rights. He makes the mistake, however, of equating the party labels, "Republican" and "Democrat", with a consistent ideology.
In Abraham Lincoln's time, the Republican Party was the more progressive party while the Democratic Party was more conservative, particularly in the South.
Over the years, the two parties have evolved almost full circle. Today, the Republican Party in the South, in many respects, closely resembles the "Dixiecrat" party of the post-Civil War era.
It is more correct to study the history of conservative versus progressives/liberal politics than Republican versus Democrat.
-- William Glines, Yuba City