A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 12, 1957

LONG before the civil rights bill worked its way into the headlines, TIME'S Congressional Correspondent James L. McConaughy Jr. caught wind of a story. Contrary to Washington belief, the Administration's civil rights bill was in for real trouble because of something called a "jury trial amendment" (TIME, May 6). Thus forewarned, McConaughy and other TIME correspondents sleuthed the progress of civil rights from secret conference to secret caucus to be ready and waiting to provide both the behind-the-scenes story and knowing coverage when the story broke into historic debate. See NATIONAL AFFAIRS, Surprising Defeat, The Rearguard...

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