THE NATION: Men Against Inevitability

In the world's eyes, the U.S. seemed to be sitting atop a curious paradox. On the one hand, there was the image of President Eisenhower, returning from still another successful good-will trip abroad, where by force of personality and earnest pleadings, he characterized for millions of Latin Americans the U.S. principles of fair play, human dignity and equality (see The Presidency). Yet the President came home to Washington to see what the world also saw: the U.S. Senate ground to a halt by a Southern filibuster that, in broad perspective, seemed dedicated to denying the Southern Negro his constitutional right...

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