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"Drama Vs. Reality" editorial from Greenfield Recorder-Gazette newspaper
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This Greenfield Recorder editorial appeared two days after the historic 1963 civil rights "March on Washington." Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, for which the event is most remembered, is not even mentioned. The editorial casts doubt on whether the march will soon achieve one of its key goals, convincing congress to pass civil rights legislation. Congress, for example, "was more interested in preventing a rail strike Wednesday than it was in the mammoth parade." The editors' gloomy view of political reality was not off base: it took the assassination of President Kennedy in October to create the momentum for the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
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