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Civil Rights Act of 1964

Oral History
Oral History

Howard E. Shuman: Legislative and Administrative Assistant to Senator Paul Douglas

As legislative and administrative assistant to Senator Paul Douglas during the 1950s and 1960s, Howard Shuman helped carry the banner for civil rights.

Featured Excerpts:

"The enforcement of these rights, denied since 1876, was clearly his aim."

"Punch that button three times. Let's pretend I'm a senator."

"The person who gets the credit is the fifty-first person who decides to come aboard,…"

"In the Pacific, the Japanese were after my body. Here in the Senate people are after my soul."

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