On this Date in History, June 29, 1964

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June 29, 1964, Republicans pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Johnson signed the Act on July 2, 1964.

June 29, 1964, Republicans pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Johnson signed the Act on July 2, 1964.

Credit Where Credit Is Due: The Republicans Passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act
By Michael Zak, October 27, 2003
Via GOPUSA

In the Senate, Minority Leader Everett Dirksen had little trouble rounding up the votes of most Republicans, and former presidential candidate Richard Nixon also lobbied hard for the bill. Senate Majority Leader Michael Mansfield and Senator Hubert Humphrey led the Democrat drive for passage, while the chief opponents were Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, of later Watergate fame, Albert Gore Sr., and Robert Byrd. Senator Byrd, a former Klansman whom Democrats still call “the conscience of the Senate”, filibustered against the civil rights bill for fourteen straight hours before the final vote.
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