Nation: To Fulfill a Historic Role

At hearings on the Administration's civil rights bill, the Senate Commerce Committee last week heard two opposing points of view from two star witnesses, both Southerners.

"The President and the Attorney General," rumbled Mississippi's Segregationist Governor Ross Barnett, "have encouraged demonstrations, freedom rides, sit-ins, picketing and actual violation of local laws. Gentlemen, if you pass this civil rights legislation, you are passing it under the threat of mob action and violence on the part of Negro groups and under various types of intimidation from the executive branch of this government."

By pressing for civil rights legislation, raved Barnett, the Kennedy brothers were aiding...

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