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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Political Activism & Politicians

Mississippi Senator Theodore Bilbo was a well-known segregationist. During his time in the Senate, as well as the other elected positions he held in Mississippi, Bilbo frequently talked of his support of segregation. In 1939, he proposed the Greater Liberia Act to repatriate African Americans to Liberia. Due to this proposed legislation, Bilbo's stance on race relations became well-known around the country. He was elected to three terms to the U.S. Senate many senators voted to have his seat rejected. Many of his sopporters sent letters of anger to the U.S. legislation.

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