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Andrew F. Brimmer: Kenneth Boulding Fellow

  • Sun, Apr 23 2006
    • Andrew F. Brimmer

 “In the Spring of 1963, President Kennedy finally sent to Congress a Civil Rights Bill after the Birmingham demonstrations. But, he followed the advice of his brother, Robert Kennedy, the Attorney General. He advised the President not to base this legislation on the Fourteenth Amendment alone. That had been tried with the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which the U.S. Supreme Court had found unconstitutional. So the Attorney General recommended—and President Kennedy decided—that the Bill be based on the Interstate Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. At that time, I had just come down from the University of Pennsylvania to…

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