The Civil Rights Bill

April 9, 1866


Despite Johnson's veto, the Civil Rights bill may be "forced " into legislation as the veto may be overturned by the Senate and House.


In the Senate, on Friday last, this bill was passed over the President's veto by a vote of thirty-three to fifteen. It has yet to pass the like ordeal in the House. It may thus be forced upon the country in spite of the President's efforts to save us from its evil effects. We need not speculate as to what would be the result of such a Radical triumph. Events crowd thickly upon us, and the morrow may dissipate all calculations to the winds which are made to-day rather by the people or the Radicals. Let us wait and hope.
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“The Civil Rights Bill,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed November 27, 2021,