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  • Collection: University of Delaware Library

Senator Williams was often quoted as saying that he believed in giving every citizen the right to vote regardless of race; however, he was against the federal government interfering with state and local elections.

People all over the United States wrote to Senator Williams voicing their opinions on the pending Voting Rights legislation. Many, such as this group of concerned constituents from Grace Church in Wilmington, Delaware, urged the senator to vote for…

As the events of the Selma to Montgomery marches were unfolding, concerned constituents wrote to Senator Williams urging him to vote for passage of the Voting Rights bill and to end the violent actions occurring in Alabama.

The images of attacks on civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, roused the American public. Many constituents wrote to Senator Williams expressing their concerns over the attacks and urged him and other Members of Congress to stop the police…

Senator Williams's "Clean Elections" amendment to the Voting Rights Act sought to criminalize fraudulent voting behavior such as vote buying and falsifying voter or registration information. In 1961, the Women's Division of the Republican National…

Although many constituents lauded Senator Williams for his work on the "Clean Elections" amendment to the Voting Rights Act, not everyone was in favor of passage of the bill as a whole and found it to be unconstitutional.

Following President Lyndon B. Johnson's announcement of the Voting Rights bill on March 15, 1965, Senator Williams introduced the "Clean Elections" amendment to the bill on March 18, 1965. Williams emphasized that although he supported the principle…

Many constituents wrote to Senator Williams expressing their concerns with the Voting Rights bill. While many were for the passage of the bill to ensure equal voting rights to all American citizens and end discriminatory election practices, others…

Following the attacks on the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marchers, Senator Williams met with a group comprised of church representatives and civil rights workers from Delaware to discuss the Voting Rights bill. Senator Williams stated that he…

Senator John J. Williams believed that public education should be funded and directed by state and local communities and not the federal government. He stated that the bill contained "within it the seeds of the first Federal education system," which…
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