Civil Rights: Ahead of Its Time

Legislation in recent years has gone a long way toward bolstering the Negro's rights in such fundamental areas as education and voting and toward easing his economic plight with a spate of antipoverty programs. Compared with such far-reaching laws, the 1966 civil rights bill seemed something of an anticlimax. It sought to right some blatant wrongs, most notably discrimination in the selection of juries and the sale or rental of housing. Yet, compared with the earlier legislation, the open-housing provision literally came a lot closer to home. The sad, even outrageous, but...

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