Presentation Title

Robert C. Byrd: The Progression of Race

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

race, filibuster, rights

Biography

My name is Jessica McGhee, I am twenty-three years old from Gallipolis, Ohio. I graduated from Marshall University with a Political Science degree in May of 2016. Currently I am a court reporter for the Common Pleas Court in Gallia County Ohio.

Major

Political Science

Advisor for this project

Dr. Arthur

Start Date

21-4-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

21-4-2017 4:15 PM

Abstract

My research will focus on the earlier years of Robert C. Byrd’s life in regards to race. Specifically, I will start out by touching base with his involvement in the Klu Klux Klan, and then transition that into his involvement with the filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In his later life, Robert C. Byrd was known as a passionate progressive, but one cannot neglect the years of his life in which he supported segregation, for it is a part of history that haunts our country. Although Robert Byrd apologized throughout his life for his racial remarks and actions, excusing it does not justify it in the slightest. With this being said, one must acknowledge the area he was from and the time period in which he lived.

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Robert C. Byrd: The Progression of Race

My research will focus on the earlier years of Robert C. Byrd’s life in regards to race. Specifically, I will start out by touching base with his involvement in the Klu Klux Klan, and then transition that into his involvement with the filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In his later life, Robert C. Byrd was known as a passionate progressive, but one cannot neglect the years of his life in which he supported segregation, for it is a part of history that haunts our country. Although Robert Byrd apologized throughout his life for his racial remarks and actions, excusing it does not justify it in the slightest. With this being said, one must acknowledge the area he was from and the time period in which he lived.