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Race and American Politics

Senator Bob Dole meets with Coretta Scott King and other Civil Rights leaders and senators as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission


These resources were assembled by Howard Graham, Associate Director for Academic Program in the Office of First-Year Experience, for UNIV 101 Research Projects to correspond with themes in the 2016 KU Common Book, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Through the lens of Senator Dole's Congressional career, the primary sources in this topic guide touch on issues of civil rights, riots, and affirmative action.

Date Range

  • 1961-1996

Online Materials

  • Magazine and newspaper articles, Dole Presidential campaign briefing materials, press releases, constituent correspondence on civil rights, correspondence with civil rights leaders, Nixon campaign memorabilia, and correspondence with members of Congress.