Blood Justice: The Lynching of Mack Charles Parker

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In the wake of the Justice Department's public statement that the lynch mob had violated no federal laws, congressional civil rights advocates intensified their campaign to attach an anti-lynching bill to the proposed civil rights legislation. Two civil rights bills were before Congress: an administration-backed program to speed school integration and to provide increased police power over elections, bombings, and federal court orders in the South, and a more moderate bill sponsored by Lyndon Johnson. Jacob Javits, who co-sponsored the administration's bill, felt that the withdrawal of the FBI demonstrated conclusively "the need for a Federal anti-lynch law." Three Democratic senators, Paul Douglas of Illinois, Frank J. Lausche of Ohio, and Richard L. Neuberger of Oregon, crossed party lines to back Javits. Neuberger sponsored a bill to make lynching punishable by a $10,000 fine and twenty years' imprisonment. "The accommodation which this administration has been willing to make with the leaders of the South not to press too hard for the enforcement of existing civil rights laws or for the enactment of new ones," thought Senator Douglas, "results in a most regrettable slowing down of the progress toward equal justice." Four black congressmen, Adam Clayton Powell of New York, Charles Diggs of Michigan, William L. Dawson of Illinois, and Robert Nix of Pennsylvania,


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