Politico has posted an interesting article about a new book on the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Todd Purdum describes William McCullough as "The Republican Who Saved Civil Rights." He credits the Ohio congressman for helping to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Back to Basics for the Republican Party correctly accords to the GOP most of the credit for passage of that landmark legislation. My book refers, and in proper context, to McCullough's proposed civil rights bill. Not only did Republicans support the 1964 Civil Rights Act much more than did the Democrats, it was initiatives by congressional Republicans that prodded the Kennedy administration to take action. Back to Basics for the Republican Party also explains that the 1964 Civil Rights Act was based on the GOP's 1875 Civil Rights Act.
In fact, the 1964 Civil Rights Act (and the 1965 Voting Rights Act) built upon a century of civil rights legislation enacted by the GOP. Purdum does mention the 1957 and 1960 civil rights acts but fails to note they were Republican laws.
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