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Statement of Senator Mike Mansfield to Democratic Senators, April 7, 1964

On April 4, 1964, the managers of the Civil Rights Act failed to muster a majority for a quorum call. In a meeting a few days later, Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-MT) reproached his colleagues--many of whom supported the legislation--for their absence.

Page one of Mansfield Appeals for Quorums

credit: Statement of Senator Mike Mansfield given before the meeting of Democratic senators re: Civil Rights legislation, 7 Apr 1964, Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 22, box 73, Folder 20, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.