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White joins majority to uphold Jim Crow in the House: 1934 | by Washington Area Spark
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White joins majority to uphold Jim Crow in the House: 1934

Compton White, Sr. served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho as a Democrat from 1933-47 and from 1949-51 and is shown in an undated photograph.


White was a supporter of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and worked primarily on issues to aid farmers.


He was born in Mississippi and carried the dominant white supremacist racial views with him to Idaho.


White initially voted for a 1934 resolution to investigate the authority of the Accounts Committee to bar African Americans from the House public restaurant, but while serving on the committee doing the investigation he reversed himself.


Joining the majority of the five-person committee, White endorsed the not very subtle subterfuge of re-defining the House public restaurant as private in order to continue Jim Crow under the Capitol dome.


Later in his career he argued against repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943, stating that "There is no melting pot in America that can change their habits or change their mentality.”


For a detailed blog post on the fight against Jim Crow in the U.S. Capitol’s restaurants, see


For related images, see


The photographer is unknown. The image is a U.S. House of Representatives photograph.

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Taken circa 1930