Kevin M. Kruse @KevinMKruse Historian. Author/editor of White Flight; The New Suburban History; Spaces of the Modern City; Fog of War; One Nation Under God; Fault Lines. May. 01, 2018

Every major civil rights law of the 1960s -- the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act -- was introduced by Democrats in Congress, passed by a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate and signed into law by a Democratic president.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: proposed by JFK, passed by Democratic-led House (152 Dem votes for, 138 Rep votes for) and Democratic-led Senate (46 Dem votes for, 27 Rep votes for). LBJ signed it with MLK at his side.

Here's JFK calling for the bill:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BEhKgoA86U 

The Voting Rights Act of 1965: advanced by LBJ and passed by Democratic-led House (221 Dem votes for, 112 Rep votes for) and Democratic-led Senate (49 Dem votes for, 30 Rep votes for), LBJ signed it.

Here's LBJ calling for the bill after Selma:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnmc_8pA1tY 

The Fair Housing Act of 1968: advanced by LBJ and passed by Democratic-led House (166 Dem votes for, 161 Rep votes for) and Democratic-led Senate (42 Dem votes for, 29 Rep votes for), and signed into law by LBJ.

Southern Democrats were opposed to these measures, yes.

But literally every single piece of civil rights legislation in the 1960s was pushed through Democratic Congresses and signed by Democratic presidents.

I guess if we're being generous here, we can add in the Civil Rights Act of 1960.

Signed by the Republican Eisenhower, but once again, shepherded through Congress by Democratic sponsors, passed in a Dem-led House (179 Dem votes for, 132 Rep) and Dem-led Senate (42 Dem, 29 Rep).


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