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Letter on Civil Rights, 1964

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Creator:Gore, Albert, 1907-1998
Title:Letter on Civil Rights, 1964
Date:1964 Jan. 31

Form letter dated January 31, 1964 from United States senator Albert Gore. The letter is written on letterhead from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. In the letter, Senator Gore explains that he is unable to support all of the proposals in current Civil Rights legislation. He also states that he expects the bill to be amended during debate in the House of Representatives and Senate, but is "unable to forecast" if "a reasonable bill will emerge." He mentions his support of Civil Rights legislation in 1957 and 1960, and pledges his "most careful consideration of this issue." The Civil Rights legislation mentioned in this letter was House Resolution-7152 and Senate-1731, proposed by President John F. Kennedy in June 1963, following demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, and Alabama governor George Wallace standing in the door of the University of Alabama in an attempt to prevent African American students from integrating the school. After President Kennedy's assassination in November 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson encouraged Congress to pass the legislation. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by President Johnson on July 2, 1964.

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Subjects:Gore, Albert, 1907-1998 | Civil rights--United States | Legislation--United States | Civil rights movements--United States | Legislators--United States | Politicians--Tennessee | African Americans | African Americans--Civil rights | United States. Civil Rights Act of 1964 | United States. Congress (88th : 1963-1965) | Segregation--Law and legislation--United States | Discrimination in public accommodations--United States | United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations | United States, 37.09024, -95.712891 | United States, Tennessee, 35.517491, -86.580447
Collection:Albert Gore Sr. Senate Collection
Institution:Albert Gore Research Center (Middle Tennessee State University)
Contributors:Albert Gore Research Center (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
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Albert Gore Sr. Senate Collection, A32, "1964 Civil Rights (2)", Albert Gore Sr. Research Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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