The Vote on the Civil Rights Bill

April 9, 1866


Americans are divided as some lawmakers push strongly for the Civil Rights bill and some strongly reject it. The Dispatch argues that rejecting the bill shows support for Johnson's policy, and that the country is "disgusted" by the events unfolding in Washington.


Mr.Willey, of West Virginia, voted with the Radicals, while his colleague, Mr.Van Winkle voted to sustain the veto. Mr.Morgan, of New York, upon the plea that he was instructed so to do, went with the majority. Senator Dixon was not well enough to be present. Mr.Morgan and Mr.Dixon could have secured the triumph of the President's policy ; but the defection of the former, and the illness of the latter, disappointed the hopes and calculations of the conservatives. We still have hope that the House will reject the bill, though we could not furnish and good reason for the hope. Let the President but stand firm, and he must triumph. There can be no doubt that a large majority of the people of the whole country desire the success of his policy. The debate on the bill was disgraceful to the Radicals. The country cannot but be disgusted at Wade's speech.
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