Discrimination in Employment

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Anti-Bias Legislation in New Congress

Federal action to abolish discrimination in employment on account of race, religion or national origin is the most controversial point of President Truman's civil rights program.1 Legislation to carry out other principal points of that program may be accepted by the new Democratic Congress in compromise form, but fair employment practice legislation, in any form, will meet determined opposition from the southern wing of the President's party.

Southern senators have said they will not attempt to block action to abolish the poll tax as a prerequisite to voting in federal elections—if the legislation is offered in the form of a constitutional amendment, subject to ratification by the legislatures of the states. A federal anti-lynch bill might likewise escape a filibuster if ...

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