Civil Rights Gauntlet

June 1956
New Republic;6/25/56, Vol. 134 Issue 26, p4
The article focuses on political developments related to civil rights in the U.S. The democratic dilemma on civil rights is a profound one, because neither the average deep Southern delegate, to the national convention nor the Northern politician with a African American constituency can afford the appearance of compromise. Both must not only spoil for a fight, but actually go through the motions of battle. What this dilemma means in concrete terms is gradually emerging. At the recent Michigan Democratic Convention an 11-point civil-rights directive to the state's 44 national convention delegates was approved.


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