Politics: Wedge Issues of the 1860s
I was watching Oh Brother, Where Art Thou with my wife when the movie's usage of the word "miscegenation" came under discussion. I did a little digging, and found this extremely interesting story about how the word came into existance. It's a fascinating read.
Anyway, the comparision between miscegenation and the current hot-button issue of gay relations is not a new one. But, as you read about how the racist Democratic machine of the 1860s used interracial marriage during a presidential election, I'm sure you'll draw some interesting parallels to how the Republican machine of today uses gay marriage.
Additionally, I always find it interesting to read about when the Democratic party were essentially what I would consider to be "bad guys".