Civil Rights Bill of 1957
http://eisenhower.archives.gov/Research/Digital_Documents/Civil_Rights_Civil_Rights_Act/New%20PDFs/Fact_Paper_279.pdf

The civil rights act of 1957 was a very controversial bill that started the legal change for racial equality. At the first bill to have racial implications since the 1800's it was hotly contested in both congress and the general public. The bill's focus was to grant equal voting rights to black Americans of the U.S. this was heavily opposed by white population of the south and by the democrats of congress. However, the bill passed and there was some effort to get black southerners the vote. Sadly racial boundaries held and the bill was ultimately unsuccessful in its attempt to equalize the playing field for whites and blacks. This bill did inspire racially focused legislation in the 1960's which experienced resounding success set up by this bill's failure.
The Bill's basic points are...
  1. Creation of a bipartisan commission set up by Congress to aid those who are treated unfairly by local law, particularly involved in securing voting rights.
  2. Generation of a civil rights division in the department of justice in charge of a presidentially appointed attorney general.
  3. Action by the congress to enforce the new bill.
  4. To permit the Federal Government to give relief to civil cases when money is tight.
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Eisenhower signing the bill.
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The civil rights legislation of 1964 built on the failure of the 1957 bill









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