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Colloquy between Senators Keating and Ervin, April 1, 1964

Related Link: Civil Rights Act

Page one of the Keating-Ervin Colloquy

credit: U.S. Senate Historical Office

On April 1, 1964, Senators Kenneth Keating (R-NY) and Sam Ervin (D-NC) engaged in a colloquy, or a pro and con exchange, on the Civil Rights Act before the Senate--one of many such exchanges that occurred throughout the long debate. Senator Keating was an avid supporter of the bill while Senator Ervin opposed the legislation on constitutional grounds.