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This Day in Georgia History

March 11, 1956

Iris Blitch Signed Southern Manifesto

Georgia congresswoman Iris Blitch signed the “Southern Manifesto” - a declaration of constitutional reasons for opposing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 and 1955 Brown v. Board of Education decisions. In adding her signature, she joined 80 other U.S. Representatives and 19 U.S. Senators from the South - including the entire Georgia delegation.

To view Blitch depicted in an editorial cartoon, see the Digital Library of Georgia.
Image of Iris Blitch Signed Southern Manifesto View large image
Source: United States Congress