THE CONGRESS: Shadow & Substance

The shadows that flitted fitfully over both houses of Congress last week periodically enveloped matters of substance. In the second week of the civil rights debate, the substance was an evolving bill primarily aimed at guaranteeing the voting rights of the Southern Negro (TIME, March 14). The shadows that darkened the effort were cast by both the filibustering South and the coalition of Northern Democratic and Republican civil rights advocates. The liberals clamored for provisions beyond voting rights, e.g., statutory recognition of the Supreme Court's 1954 school desegregation decision, and the Southerners wanted no bill at all. And both groups...

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