Civil Rights: Mud in the House

Alabama's freshman Congressman William Dickinson, 39, a Democrat-turned-Republican, is an ex-footballer from Montgomery, a onetime state judge, and a former assistant vice president of the Southern Railway System. He likes to make a splash. Last week he splashed mud all over the House floor. But only Dickinson got dirty.

In an hour-long speech, Dickinson declared that on the recent Selma-to-Montgomery march there was an interracial sex orgy of such proportions as to excite the envy of the most degraded pornographer. According to a batch of luridly detailed affidavits signed by various Alabama policemen and civilians, the marchers, when not marching,...

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