By Todd Purdum
A most sensible Washington journalist recounts the dramatic political conflict to go the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislation that created smooth 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 various simply because, as one influential senator placed it, it used to be “an inspiration whose time has come.”
In a strong narrative layered with revealing element, 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 12 months, to create a invoice that brought on the longest filibuster within the heritage of the U.S. Senate but used to be eventually followed with overwhelming bipartisan aid. He conjures up the excessive function and coffee dealings that marked the production of this enormous legislation, drawing on vast archival study and dozens of recent interviews that carry to lifestyles this sign success 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 afflicted instances approximately what's attainable whilst persistence, 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