Reply To: Eisenhower's attitude toward Civil Rights


Eisenhower, unlike his Democratic predecessor and successor, appointed pro-Civil Rights judges to federal judgeships whenever he had the chance. He also sent the 101st Airborne to intervene in Little Rock in 1957.

However, not only did he do the latter grudgingly, but he privately mused that Brown had been wrongly decided. As you’ve seen, I believe Brown wrongly decided as well, although I think the 1965 VRA was perfectly constitutional and ought to have been adopted and enforced far, far sooner.