The filibuster has changed a lot since its introduction. The use of the filibuster has skyrocketed in recent years, and former President Barack Obama recently called it a “Jim Crow relic,” an obstacle to change. It was used throughout the history of the U.S. to block civil rights legislation, allowing a minority of segregationist senators to block any bill they wanted to. And it’s hugely consequential—it has influenced what legislation has passed out of Congress for over a century and a half.
This is Collective Memory, a podcast on history, collective consciousness, and the forces that drive current events. I’m your host, Nick Gatlin. Today, we’re talking about the filibuster.
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