By Todd Purdum
A best Washington journalist recounts the dramatic political conflict to cross the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislation that created sleek the United States, at the 50th anniversary of its passage
It used to be a turbulent time in America—a time of sit-ins, freedom rides, a March on Washington and a governor status within the schoolhouse door—when John F. Kennedy despatched Congress a invoice to bar racial discrimination in employment, schooling, and public lodgings. numerous civil rights measures had died on Capitol Hill some time past. yet this one was once diverse simply because, as one influential senator placed it, it used to be “an suggestion whose time has come.”
In a strong narrative layered with revealing aspect, Todd S. Purdum tells the tale of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recreating the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made its passage attainable. From the Kennedy brothers to Lyndon Johnson, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Hubert Humphrey and Everett Dirksen, Purdum indicates how those all-too-human figures controlled, in exactly over a yr, to create a invoice that brought on the longest filibuster within the background of the U.S. Senate but was once eventually followed with overwhelming bipartisan help. He conjures up the excessive goal and occasional dealings that marked the construction of this enormous legislations, drawing on vast archival study and dozens of recent interviews that deliver to existence this sign fulfillment in American history.
Often hailed because the most vital legislations of the earlier century, the Civil Rights Act stands as a lesson for our personal stricken occasions approximately what's attainable while endurance, bipartisanship, and decency rule the day.
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An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by Todd Purdum