Nation: THE POWER & THE PRECEDENT

The Congress shall have power to regulate commerce . . . among the several states.

—Article 1, Section 8, The Constitution of the U.S.

THIS is the interstate commerce clause, the twelve words to which the Kennedy Administration has hitched Title II—the public-accommodations provisions —of its civil rights legislative package.

The Administration argues that segregation in hotels, motels, theaters and the like may be a decided hindrance to interstate travel and to the free movement of goods in interstate commerce. Thus, the Kennedy bill provides that public establishments with any sort of "substantial" interest...

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