Civil Rights Act of 1957
In 1957, President Eisenhower sent Congress a proposal for civil rights legislation. The result was the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the first civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. The new act established the Civil Rights Section of the Justice Department and empowered federal prosecutors to obtain court injunctions against interference with the right to vote. It also established a federal Civil Rights Commission with authority to investigate discriminatory conditions and recommend corrective measures. The final act was weakened by Congress due to lack of support among the Democrats.
- Cabinet Paper, the Civil Rights Program
- Civil Right Act of 1957
- Fact Paper, the Administration and Civil RIghts Leg.
- Letter, Val Washington
- Letter, William P. Rogers to Joseph P. Martin
- Memo, E. Morrow to Sherman Adams
- Pamphlet, the Commission on CIvil Rights
- Press Release by Congressman Adam Powell
- Press Release, Republican National Committee
- Press Release, Statement of the Attorney General on Proposed Civil RIghts Leg.
- Report, Executive Branch Cooperation With the Commission on CR