ing of the legislation, could not be disassociated from Dirksen's eventual decision to work for a strong bill. But these external pressures could have been counterproductive if the minority leader had not been given the chance to demonstrate his independence.
As with most legislative decisions, it was a question of balance. Dirksen had to understand the determination of the civil rights forces, particularly those inside the Senate, to enact a meaningful and effective bill. But the process of communicating this message could not be permitted to grow into a campaign of overt pressure or personal intimidation.