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The Battle to Pass the Civil Rights Act

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A procession during the march on Washington in 1963. A procession during the march on Washington in 1963. (Warren K. Leffler / Library of Congress)

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 passage has often been credited to the political leadership of President Lyndon Johnson or to the moral force of Martin Luther King. Yet, in The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, author and New York Times editor Clay Risen shows, the story is much bigger than those two men—and includes unceasing grassroots activism, ringing speeches, backroom deal-making, and hand-to-hand legislative combat.

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Clay Risen

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Comments [1]

Amy from Manhattan

And some unions tried to deny their new black members seniority on the basis that they hadn't been in the union long enough. Of course, that was only because the unions hadn't allowed them to join any earlier.

Apr. 02 2014 02:07 PM

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