/tiles/non-collection/M/McCormackwithgavel_PA2011_08_0043a.xmlCollection of the U.S. House of Representatives About this objectRepresentative John McCormack of Massachusetts spent 42 years in service to the House, 10 of those years as Speaker.
Democrats retained control of Congress with the 1966 elections, but their majorities eroded in both houses. The Vietnam War, which drained the country’s resources and fostered massive unrest, constrained the 90th Congress (1967–1969). Congress pushed forward with President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society” program, and instituted public broadcasting, made air quality a federal responsibility, prohibited housing discrimination, and increased taxes. Urban riots led to the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Street Act of 1968 that imposed restrictions on gun ownership.
In January 1967 legendary civil rights leader and Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., issued this recording as a retort to his House colleagues, who stripped him of his committee chairmanship that month …