Reasons For The Civil Rights Bill Essay

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For decades, African Americans were looked down on from their white allies. But on Sunday, March 8th, 1964, when Senator Hubert Humphrey appeared on the NBC news program Meet the Press to discuss the civil rights bill, many African Americans had hope that something was about to change. Since 1937, several Southern senators had prevented eleven civil rights bills from coming up for a vote in the Senate. But now, the civil rights bill had been approved by the House of Representatives and was sent to the Senate to be debated. For four months, February to June of 1964 legislators who supported of H.R. 7152 (final House vote on the Civil Rights Act 1964) tried to persuade more than sixty-seven senators to vote for cloture. This would be the first time in history that the Southerners’ filibuster would be broken and a civil right bill would be voted on (Brown and Shannon 2014). Furthermore, in the book, Going to the Source by Victoria Bissell Brown and Timothy J. Shannon, chapter eleven provides ten speeches from the Senate debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. With that said, even though the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, at that time many senators who were racist which was shown because they did not believe that the African Americans were equal to them or any other white Americans, the senators who were in favor of segregation because they debated particular features of the bill instead of the evils of race discrimination and the senators were more concerned about passing…

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