Interpretation, Anyone?

Although the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was set up in 1957 to investigate civil rights abuses, not until this month did it get around to hearings in Mississippi. For several years, Robert Kennedy, as Attorney General, argued successfully that the commission should stay out of the state; it would, he said, only stir up more trouble where there was already plenty.

"False Image." But last week, after a few sessions behind closed doors, the commission finally held public hearings in Mississippi's capital at Jackson. Witnesses included Governor Paul Johnson, who argued that "the unfavorable and false image of Mississippi that has...

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