Dwight D. Eisenhower pre-press conference on Civil Rights 1956-08-08

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Dwight D. Eisenhower pre-press conference on Civil Rights 1956-08-08

Description

Ann Whitman, Dwight D. Eisenhower's secretary records notes on the press conference briefing that will be held in the next month. Eisenhower is urged to stay out of the civil rights platform plank discussion.
This demonstrates Eisenhower's "middle of the road" approach, and shows the tensions that resulted from the Supreme Court's decision (the Brown decision).
This also becomes a predecessor to what would happen at the "Mansfield Crisis", a month later.

Subject

Dwight D. Eisenhower Papers

Source

Press conference draft for September 11, 1956 on civil rights platform, August 8, 1956, Eisenhower Dwight D.: Papers as President of the United States, 1953-61 (Ann Whitman File), Ann Whitman Diary Series, Box 8, Aug. '56 (1), Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Abilene, Kansas.

Publisher

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library

Date

1956-08-08

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