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Collection: Civil Rights
"Amendments are No Cure for 'Evils'"
A June 4, 1964 *Florence Herald* report on comments by Alabama Senator John Sparkman with respect to "75 or 80 clarifying or technical amendments introduced by Republicans" to the Civil Rights Bill backed by the Johnson Administration, in which…
"City to Help form Bi-Racial Committee"
"Negro Ministers Complain to Commissioners"
A report of the formation of a bi-racial committee to study and make recommendations in regard to school desegregation and the subsequent complaint of Florence black ministers and committee members Rev. David Tolbert, Rev. M. C. Griffin and Rev. H.…
"Civil Rights Hearing Halted by Commission"
A December 14, 1958 *Florence Herald* article reporting on the cessation of a series of hearings on Negro voting rights in Montgomery by the Federal Civil Rights Commission, in order to enlist the aid of the federal courts to compel witnesses to…
"Civil Rights Hit by Senator Hill"
A June 4, 1959 *Florence Herald* article reporting on Alabama Senator Lister Hill's specific areas of opposition to the Eisenhower administration's proposed Civil Rights Bill, especially its proposed provision of financial assistance to Southern…
"Constitution or Control?"
An April 16, 1964 *Florence Herald* editorial noting that "Alabama's able senators Lister Hill and John Sparkman, and scores of other forthright Americans" were fighting the upcoming Civil Rights Bill and arguing that the Civil Rights Bill was…
"Government by Injunction"
A July 4, 1957 *Florence Herald* editorial critical of the Civil Rights Bill sponsored by the Eisenhower administration. Among other objections the paper stated that "In substance the provisions of (this bill) constitute nothing more than government…
"Hill Continues to Score Civil Rights Measure"
A March 26, 1964 *Florence Herald* Report on remarks critical of the Civil Rights Bill by Alabama Senator Lister Hill in the Senate. Hill stated that passage of the Civil Rights Bill "would trample on and destroy rights of Americans on either side of…
"Hon. John T. Ashcraft Writes on Woman Suffrage and the Negro."
A July 10, 1919 letter to the Florence Herald written by Florence attorney, industrialist and lifelong Democrat the Hon. John T. Ashcraft (1859-1920) answering the objections of a "notable Alabamian" who was opposed to passage of the Women's Suffrage…
"Integrate or Lose State School Funds"
A July 16, 1964 *Florence Herald* article reporting that a three-judge federal court ruled on Tuesday that if Alabama schools don't integrate within a "reasonable time" they risk losing state funds.
"Kill Amendment No.3."
A November 21, 1963 *Florence Herald* editorial urging readers to vote against Amendment No. 3, one of 13 proposed amendments to the Alabama Constitution. According to the *Herald,* citing a bulletin published by the League of Women Voters, while no…