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Civil Rights Act of 1957 Signed Into Law

By August 29, 2013

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On August 29, 1957, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957  into law. One of the main goals of the act was to help ensure that all African-Americans were ensured their right to vote. It set up the Civil Rights Commission to monitor civil rights abuses. Unfortunately, the bill lost a lot of its teeth due to opposition from southern Democrats. The resulting bill was not universally lauded as many such as Ralph Bunche felt it was worthless in achieving its aims. However, it became the first of many bills and measures to help fight against Jim Crow laws and anti-voting actions in the South.

Learn more: Civil Rights Activities of the 1950s and 1960s


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