National Affairs: Death for Civil Rights

For two days in the Senate last week a dogged trio of liberal Democrats—Missouri's Tom Hennings, New York's Herbert Lehman and Illinois' Paul Douglas—urged the Senate to blast the Administration's Civil Rights bill out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Argued Paul Douglas, while Mississippi's Jim Eastland, Judiciary Committee chairman, chomped on a dead cigar: "If we pierce behind the complex rules and procedures, we know, as men, that the rules of the Senate have been very skillfully devised to prevent any action on civil rights which is obnoxious to the members from the South . . . I do not...

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