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Minute Women of the U.S.A. March on Montgomery -- The Untold Story

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09641.16 Author/Creator: Minute Women of the U.S.A. Place Written: Los Angeles, CA Type: Printed document Date: 30 March 1965 Pagination: 2 p. ; 35.4 x 21.5 cm

One circular letter dated March 30, 1965 regarding the March on Montgomery. Contains a speech by Alabama Senator Dickinson recounting events during the march that he believed was obscene and lewd. Dickinson claims that "an all-night session of debauchery within the church itself," took place the evening of the march.

Selma to Montgomery marches was three planned marches which took place in 1965. The protest marches were about 54 miles long. It was non-violent demonstration by African-Americans wishing to exercise their right to vote. This was not without casualties. Activists were beaten and murdered by police. 2000 people marched from Selma, Alabama to the Montgomery County courthouse.

Minute Women of the U.S.A. was a large group of anti-Communist women active throughout the 1950s to 1960s. They were predominately white middle and upper class women who were anonymous about their membership. The group's efforts relied on harassment and heckling opponents. Though their mission was anti-Communist they also distributed anti-semitic literature and were school integration.

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