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Book Review: To Secure These Rights: The Report Of The President's Committee On Civil Rights, Felix S. Cohen
Faculty Scholarship Series
THE President's Committee has received a well-deserved accolade of praise
from the civilized, and of brickbats from the blood-fanatics, for its report on
civil rights in America, of which more than a million copies have been reprinted.
So far as I know, however, none of the commentators on this important
document has noted that it is not the first in its field. Some 78 years
before the landing of the Pilgrims, the first comprehensive report on the civil
rights of Americans was completed. In the concluding paragraphs of his
report, dated December 8, 1542, Fra Bartholomew de las Casas ...