The Senate: Legislative Alchemy

As passed by the House last summer, the Administration's civil rights bill was a relatively modest measure designed to protect Negroes and civil rights workers engaged in such civic activities as registering to vote and performing jury duties. In the Senate, however, the bill underwent almost alchemistic changes. All but assured of final passage this week in the upper chamber, the measure could become a legislative landmark in the Negro's progress toward genuinely equal citizenship in the U.S.

The bill, most importantly, would lower the racial barrier for Negroes wishing to buy...

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