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The Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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Journalist Todd Purdum, recounts the dramatic political battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in his new book An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which details the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made The Civil Rights Act a reality.

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Todd Purdum

Comments [2]

cynthia emanuel from brooklyn

Don't forget the enormous push from African Americans and friends as well as Adam Clayton Powell and the lawyers from the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund.

Apr. 01 2014 12:37 PM
Jon Larson

The great & 3great grandson of Midwestern soldiers who served the United States during the Civil War, it is not at all surprising to me that support for the Civil Rights Act came from many rural conservative politicians in the Midwest. After all, many of these Congressmen/women were direct descendants of men who served the United States during that war.

Apr. 01 2014 12:28 PM

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