Sunday, September 9, 2007

President Eisenhower Signed the Civil Rights Bill in 1957

From Grand Old Partisan;

  • During the five terms of the FDR and Truman presidencies, the Democrats did not propose any civil rights legislation. President Dwight Eisenhower, in contrast, at last focused the federal government on defending African-Americans from their Democrat oppressors. He asked Attorney General Brownell, a fomer RNC chairman, to write the first federal civil rights legislation since the Republican Party’s 1875 Civil Rights Act.
    In his January 1957 State of the Union address, President Eisenhower re-submitted Brownell’s bill to Congress, where it had languished the year before. Brownell’s original draft would have permitted the Attorney General to sue anyone violating another person’s constitutional rights, but Democrat opposition meant this powerful provision would have to wait until the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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