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Democrats Add Civil Rights to 1960 Platform

July 13, 2010 |  2:35 am



 July 13, 1960, Demos Decide Today 

July 12, 1960, Hedda Hopper
Photograph by Ray Graham / Los Angeles Times

Alaska delegate Helen Fischer gives Hedda Hopper a “King Crab” hat.

July 12, 1960, Hedda Hopper

In case anybody wondered, Hopper made sure folks knew she was a Republican!

July 13, 1960: The Democrats announce their platform:

Civil Rights -- "The time has come to assure equal access for all Americans to all areas of community life, including voting booths, schoolrooms, jobs, housing and public facilities."

On the jump, Kyle Palmer says: "As viewed by representatives from 10 protesting Southern states, including most of those that supported Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and 1956, the civil rights plank was a virtual repudiation of what to them is a far more important and basic issue -- state's rights.”


And James Reston of the New York Times takes a satiric look at the Democrats’ keynote speech.





July 13, 1960, Democratic Platform

July 13, 1960, Editorial Cartoon


Bruce Russell’s look at the Democratic National Convention

Juy13, 1960, Kyle Palmer

July 13, 1960, Kyle Palmer

July 13, 1960, Editorial Cartoon



July 13, 1960, James Reston

July 13, 1960, James Reston
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