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By Todd Purdum

A best Washington journalist recounts the dramatic political conflict to move the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislation that created smooth the US, 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 used to be diversified simply because, as one influential senator positioned it, it was once “an concept whose time has come.”

In a robust 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 precisely over a 12 months, to create a invoice that triggered the longest filibuster within the historical past of the U.S. Senate but used to be eventually followed with overwhelming bipartisan aid. He conjures up the excessive objective and occasional dealings that marked the construction of this huge legislations, drawing on broad archival examine and dozens of latest interviews that carry to lifestyles 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 instances approximately what's attainable whilst endurance, bipartisanship, and decency rule the day.

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