Nixon in the White House: The Frustration of Power

By Rowland Evans Jr.; Robert D. Novak | Go to book overview

VI
The Politics of Civil Rights

It is particularly gratifying that at a dinner honoring Lincoln's birthday we can point to more progress in the field of civil rights in this Administration than in any since Lincoln's . . . the struggle for civil rights . . . involves the whole of our struggle for world peace. Nothing is more damaging to the United States in the battle of ideas and ideals . . . than our failures and our shortcomings in this area.

-- Vice President Richard M. Nixon, in a speech at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on February 8, 1960

It seems to me that there are two extreme groups. There are those who want instant integration and those who want segregation forever. I believe that we need to have a middle course between those two extremes.

-- President Richard M. Nixon, in his press conference of September 26, 1969

Negro leaders had always been apprehensive about Richard Nixon's position on race relations, and his successful campaign of 1968 did nothing to lessen that apprehension. Having monitored everything

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An example of the reasons for the Negro leaders' unhappiness with Nixon prior to the 1968 campaign was his failure specifically to endorse the 1964 Kennedy- Johnson civil rights bill during its passage through Congress. He did so only after it became law.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents *
  • I - The President 3
  • II - Prelude at the Pierre 9
  • III - The President's Men 37
  • IV - A Very Personal Diplomacy 75
  • V - Nixon and Congress 103
  • VI - The Politics of Civil Rights 133
  • VII - Nixonomics 177
  • VIII - The Reformer 211
  • IX - Time of Troubles 245
  • X - May 1970 269
  • XI - Agnew, Nixon and the 1970 Campaign 303
  • XII - Starting Over Again 347
  • XIII - Meeting Adversity: 1971 383
  • Source Notes 411
  • Index 413
  • About the Authors *
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