Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014


Ohio’s little-known contribution to 1964 Civil Rights Act

By Mark Bernstein

The 50th anniversary of the enacting of the 1964 Civil Rights Act got plenty of attention earlier this month, but there is a piece of the story that has a lot to do with Ohio, though it’s little remembered today. William M. McCulloch, a longtime congressman from the Miami Valley, was instrumental in creating and passing that law and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. His rarely told story is now the subject of the biography, “McCulloch of Ohio: For The Republic,” by Mark Bernstein. Bernstein, now based in Washington, D.C., is a former Yellow Springs resident who has written a number of book about Ohio and Dayton-area history. His latest is available at This essay about McCulloch is modified from a recent speech he gave in the area to promote the book.

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