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Colorful Colorado: Cold War Colorado: Liberals, Anti-Communists and Colorado Civil Rights, 1950-1959
October 13, 2014
More than a decade before Congress approved the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Colorado legislature passed a startlingly progressive package of its own civil rights legislation, including the first law in the nation to ban discrimination in the sale of private and public housing. What and who moved the state’s lawmakers to take a stand in the complacent ‘50s? Hold on to your hat as historian, local media pundit and former civil rights attorney Dani Newsum tracks the origins of Colorado’s Cold War civil rights decade.