Eisenhower lacked the rhetorical flourishes of Jack Kennedy… but when it came to defending Civil Rights in America, Ike accomplished far more than his successor.  Popular history has embraced Kennedy as a Civil Rights champion and largely ignored the record of Eisenhower.  This is largely due to the martyrdom  bestowed on Kennedy and Ike’s measured responses to crisis.

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The historical record shows Eisenhower to have the strongest Civil Rights record… since Reconstruction.  But, his incremental actions and tempered statements have made it easy for Progressive historians to disregard him as just another Republican.  We cannot overlook Eisenhower’s contribution to the advancement of Civil Rights in America:

3 thoughts on “Eisenhower and Civil Rights

  1. Great post, Sheaffer. Eisenhower’s record on civil rights is unduly overshadowed by the more “glamorous” Kennedy, but Eisenhower took decisive executive action to extend, protect, and secure civil rights.

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