Abraham Lincoln and the Illinois Congressional District
As part of the Bicentennial Celebration of Abraham Lincoln, the Dirksen Congressional Center is pleased to present a version of the Lincoln legacy through the eyes of two members of Congress, Everett McKinley Dirksen and Robert H. Michel, who later represented the central Illinois congressional district that once sent Lincoln to the House of Representatives.
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Did Everett Dirksen ever say the phrase popularly attributed
Everett Dirksen as Senate Minority Leader: Assessments by His Colleagues
Read how 27 Republican senators evaluated Dirksen's leadership.
Scanned images of a staff-prepared compilation of legislative
Analysis by Dirksen scholar Byron Hulsey who focuses on six
aspects of Dirksen's personality and character that made it
possible for him to shape some of the most important laws of
Dirksen: An Early Advocate for Civil Rights
Everett McKinley Dirksen enjoys a well-deserved reputation for his effectiveness in passing civil rights legislation. He led Senate Republicans in the successful effort to enact President Dwight Eisenhower’s civil rights program in 1957. Dirksen provided crucial support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His leadership proved indispensable in passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Senate Minority Leader’s presence loomed large on the national stage.
Less well known, however, is Dirksen’s performance in a smaller theater of civil rights politics where progress came incrementally, often only for the benefit of a few. The senator’s efforts on behalf of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs in the mid-1950s to establish a National Negro History Week, to obtain a national charter for the organization, and to exempt it from a variety of taxes demonstrate his doggedness in supporting the NACWC’s civil rights agenda.
"The Voices of Your Classroom are the Voices of Our Future," by
Everett Dirksen [The Instructor, March 1967]
on Civil Rights: June 10, 1964
Description of perhaps Dirksen's most famous speech delivered
immediately before the successful cloture vote was taken in
the Senate on what became the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
NAACP Honors Dirksen, 2009
The late U.S. Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Pekin, was honored for his role in passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the annual banquet of the local NAACP chapter. Featured speakers were the Rev. Phillip Cousin, retired bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Frank Mackaman, director of the Dirksen Congressional Leadership Center.
on Politics as a Career
His recommendations for preparing for a career in administrative
or elective politics.
Selections from Dirksen's public statements, 1954-69, on the
war in Southeast Asia. Topics include the role of the commander-in-chief,
the relationship between Congress and the President, the role
of the minority party in a two-party system, among others.
Senate-House Republican Leadership Press Statements
Scanned copies of Senate documents which contain the texts
of the leaders' press statements following weekly Republican
congressional leadership meetings, 1961-68. These statements
were the basis for the "Ev and Charlie" and "Ev and Jerry" shows.
The 1960s: A Multi-Media View from Capitol
The 1960s: A Multi-Media View from Capitol Hill documents
the public policy
challenges resulting from those tumultuous times using a unique
records housed in The Center's historical collections-the minutes
conferences (both print and audio) of the Joint Senate-House
From his first week in office in the House of Representatives through 1946, Congressman
Everett Dirksen personally composed and typed weekly newsletters (while Congress
was in session) to his constituents in central Illinois. Congressional Front,
as it was called, covered the personalities, politics, and policies of Congress
and the federal government. By the end of the run, Dirksen had written
474 of these newsy reports.