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precis 4-2-08 - Précis George C Wallace displayed his...

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Unformatted text preview: Précis 4-2-08 George C. Wallace displayed his prominence among white conservatives as Governor of Alabama in a speech on” The Civil Rights Movement: Fraud, Sham, and a Hoax” (1964). In June of 1963, Wallace defiantly prevented the first black student to register at the University of Alabama, until federal marshals threatened to place him under arrest. He showed his opposition toward civil rights laws with statements like “yesterday the most monstrous piece of legislation ever past” referring to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed by President Lyndon Johnson. He claimed the passing of the bill was an insult to the intelligence of the American people. He felt the passage of the Civil Rights act was like no other single piece of legislation because it took away so many human and property rights; he argued that it threatened our freedom of speech, of assembly or association, and made the exercise of freedoms a “federal crime under certain conditions”. He felt the message these lawmakers were sending with civil rights laws was that they did not like “our form of government”; which was very similar to the communist...
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