Thursday, April 10, 2014

Civil Rights Act of 1964

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. CNN has produced a short video, 5 Things You Didn't Know About the 1964 Civil Rights Act:


There's terrific footage, including President Johnson's speech when he signed the law on July 2. The accompanying article is Many Doubt 1964 Civil Rights Act Could Pass Today, April 9, 2014.

New books 
Todd S. Purdum, An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Classified Stacks (KF4744.5151964 .P87 2014)
Clay Risen, The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, Classified Stacks (KF4749 .R57 2014)

book covers for An Idea Whose Time Has Come and The Bill of the Century

The LBJ Presidential Library is hosting The Civil Rights Summit: We Shall Overcome, April 8-10. See also (or hear also): Don Gonyea, LBJ Legacy: Vietnam War Often Overshadows Civil Rights Feat, NPR Morning Edition, April 9, 2014.

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