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Hubert H. Humphrey - 1948 Civil Rights Speech

On the last day of the 1948 Democratic National Convention, then little-known Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey spoke in support of the minority resolution on civil rights. The Platform Committee had defeated the minority resolution the night before. Humphrey spoke for only eight minutes, but his speech turned the tide and the convention delegates voted to support the course proposed by Humphrey. According to historian Carl Solberg, Humphrey's speech "ushered in the second era of redressing racial injustice in America."

This video is a one minute clip of the speech.

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Humphrey History Topic
Transcript of 1948 speech