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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Noble History of the Filibuster

The noble history of the filibuster:
Filibusters were particularly useful to Southern senators who sought to block civil rights legislation, until cloture was invoked after a fifty-seven day filibuster against the Civil Right Act of 1964... The record for the longest individual speech goes to South Carolina's J. Strom Thurmond who filibustered for 24 hours and 18 minutes against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
(Yes, the word "noble" in the title is sarcasm.)

Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:05 PM

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