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Press Release
September 30, 2005

National Archives Hosts Lecture "Eisenhower's Civil War: The Politics of Civil Rights in the 1950s" on November 15

Washington, DC…On Tuesday, November 15, the National Archives partners with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Eisenhower Foundation to present a Herbert Brownell Memorial Lecture, "Eisenhower's Civil War: The Politics of Civil Rights in the 1950s," by Dr. David Nichols. Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, and Ann Brownell Sloane, the late Attorney General's daughter, will make brief remarks.

The program is free and open to the public and will be held at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater located in the National Archives Building on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

Dr. Nichols conducted extensive research, some into recently available materials, examining the complexities of civil rights during the 1950s, focusing on the roles of President Eisenhower and Attorney General Herbert Brownell. Dr. Nichol's premise is that the Eisenhower administration developed the legal framework for civil rights legislation and Government policies of the 1960s. Eisenhower, in partnership with Attorney General Herbert Brownell, completed the desegregation of the armed forces, desegregated the District of Columbia, appointed pro-civil rights judges at all levels, passed the first civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, and dispatched troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce a federal court order for school desegregation.

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For PRESS information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (202) 501-5526.

To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Programs Line at: (202) 501-5000, for information, or view the Calendar of Events on the web site.

To contact the National Archives, please call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA; (TDD) 301-837-0482.

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