The Congress: Changed Climate

In 1964, when the nation was appalled by the brutal treatment of Negro demonstrators at the hands of white Southern police, the Senate for the first time invoked cloture to pass a civil rights bill. Again in 1965, a Senate filibuster was choked off, and the voting rights bill became law. This year the climate has changed. Against the backdrop of violence that has engulfed Negro slums from Cleveland to Atlanta, many Americans are troubled by the implications of the black-power movement. Their mood is not, to say the least, strongly sympathetic to a civil rights bill that in...

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