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Report to President John F. Kennedy regarding civil rights

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Creator:Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
Title:Report to President John F. Kennedy regarding civil rights

A signed carbon copy. Robert Kennedy, Attorney General, describes 1962 as "a year of great progress in civil rights, in large measure because of the responsibility and respect for law displayed by the great majority of the citizens of the South." Summarizes civil rights from the standpoint of the Department of Justice. Cites voting as the most significant civil rights issue, due to a lack of local compliance during federal investigation of voting procedures in specific areas. States that lawsuits were filed in Louisiana and Mississippi "challenging the constitutionality of the state voter qualification laws themselves ... Negroes' fear of attempting to register is, perhaps, as great a problem as their being prevented from registering." Reports on the destruction of voting locations and voter intimidation. Relates that segregation in transportation during the year 1962 has ceased to exist, and that the number of segregated schools decreased due to governmental efforts toward eradication during the year 1962. States that the Department of Justice has "continued its policy of seeking out qualified personnel on the basis of ability and irrespective of race." Discusses sit-ins, protests in Albany, Georgia, civil rights as pertaining to hospitals, and police brutality, among other topics. Declares 1962 as a year for progress in the field of civil rights while admitting that some difficulties remain.

Gilder Lehrman Document No.: GLC05630.

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Types:Texts (document genres) | Reports | Records | Government records | Text
Subjects:Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 | Civil rights--United States | African Americans--Civil rights | African Americans--Violence against | African Americans--Suffrage | Voter registration--Southern States | Voting--Southern States | Offenses against property--Southern States | Vandalism--Southern States | Attorneys General--United States | Government, Resistance to--Southern States | Governmental investigations--Southern States | Federal-state controversies--Southern States | Intervention (Federal government)--Southern States | Intimidation--Southern States | Segregation--Southern States | School integration--Southern States | Segregation in education--Southern States | Segregation in transportation--Southern States | Discrimination--United States | Race discrimination--United States | Race relations | United States--Race relations--History--20th century | Southern States--Race relations--History--20th century | Discrimination in employment--United States | Minorities--Employment--United States | Affirmative action programs--United States | Albany Movement (Albany, Ga.) | Civil rights movements--Georgia--Albany | Civil rights demonstrations--Southern States | Sit-ins--Southern States | African Americans--Medical care | Minorities--Medical care--United States | Medical care--United States | Police--Southern States | Police brutality--Southern States | Actions and defenses--United States | United States. Dept. of Justice | United States. Dept. of Justice--Officials and employees | United States, District of Columbia, Washington, 38.907192, -77.036871 | Southern States, 33.346678, -84.119434 | United States, Louisiana, 30.984298, -91.962333 | United States, Mississippi, 32.354668, -89.398528 | United States, Georgia, Dougherty County, Albany, 31.5785074, -84.155741
Collection:Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: The Collection
Institution:Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Contributors:Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
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