Civil Rights in the United States

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CHAPTER X
Conclusion

As the period under survey closes it appears that the future of human rights on the international scene is characterized by even greater uncertainty than at the beginning as a result of the North Korean aggressive invasion of South Korea, which has produced grave apprehension the world around.

Domestically, the President's Program on Civil Rights still remains to be carried into execution, the investigative action of the Un-American Activities Committee has declined or is less in the public attention, while the campaign against communism in all its forms is being aggressively waged by the national government, as evidenced by the recent withdrawal of bail granted to Harry Bridges, and the suggestion of similar action in the case of the eleven convicted communists now out of jail on bail, pending a review of their conviction by the Supreme Court. Moreover, it now seems likely that the proposals to outlaw the Communist Party or to place severe restrictions on its activities as well as the activities of individual communists or fellow-travelers will find some form of legislative expression in the McCarran Bill, though perhaps in a modified form. On the judicial side the Supreme Court found itself confronted with many cases involving civil rights, but the emphasis of these cases fell in the field of group discrimination as applied to education and transportation.

The struggle for supremacy between the civil and military authorities showed signs of subsidence, although it is still not certain whether the custody and control of the atomic bomb is to be in the hands of the Atomic Energy Commission or the Armed Services. The Universal Military Training Bill gave way to the Selective Draft Bill, but the Korean development has produced an increased demand

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