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George H. W. Bush, Coretta Scott King, Bob Dole and other people stand behind a seated President Ronald Reagan who is signing the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Bill

Civil Rights


Civil Rights protect individual freedoms against discrimination based on race, physical or mental disabilities, gender, age, religion, or national origin.  The Dole Archives hold materials referencing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 1968, and 1991.


Bowe, Frank. Changing the Rules. Silver Springs: T. J. Publishers, 1986.

Elliott, Carl. The Cost of Courage: TheJourney of an American Congressman. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

King Jr., Martin Luther. Why We Can't Wait. New York: Harper & Row, 1964.

Lewis, John. Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1999.

Pipes, Kasey S. Ike's Final Battle: The Road to Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality. 1st. Los Angeles: World Ahead Publishing, 2007.

Republican Presidents and Black America: From Lincoln to Reagan. Washington, D.C.: AITBD, 1984.

Richcreek, John. Structure of Intelligent Justice. Lancaster: CAMDA, 1988.

Thompson, Kenneth W. The Kennedy Presidency: Seventeen Intimate Perspectives of John F. Kennedy. Vol. 4. Lanham: University Press of America, 1985.

Date Range

  • 1961-1996

Online Materials

  • Opinion ballots, telegrams, letters and newsletters referring to civil rights issues that cover race, gender and disabilities.