● It targeted the denial of black voting rights in the South, but with weak enforcement provisions it added few voters to the rolls. President Eisenhower failed o provide moral leadership. He called Americans to abide by the law, but he made it clear that he found the whole civil rights issue distasteful. He privately told aides that he disagreed with the Supreme Court’s reasoning. ii.Although a mob prevented Autherine Lucy to be admitted to the University of Alabama in 1956, what happened to James Meredith and the “Little Rock 9” in 1957?
5. The Election of 1960 a. Kennedy and Nixon i. Why was Kennedy a risky choice for most Protestants? What were they afraid of? ● The atmosphere of tolerance promoted by WWII had weakened traditional anti-Catholicism. But as recently as 1949, Paul Blanshard’s American Freedom and Catholic Power , which accused the church of being anti- demonic, morally repressive, and essentially un-American, had become a national best-seller. Many Protestants remained reluctant to vote for a Catholic, fearing the Kennedy would be required to support church doctrine on controversial public issues or, in a more extreme version, take orders from the pope.
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