Civil Rights and the Presidency: Race and Gender in American Politics, 1960-1972 / Edition 1

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Overview

Now abridged for courses, Hugh D. Graham's groundbreaking history of national policy during the battle for civil rights re-creates the intense debates in Congress and the White House that led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 banning discrimination against minorities and women. Unique in its discussion of both race and gender as the driving forces in the development of civil rights policy, the text follows the implementation of these policies through a thickening maze of federal agencies and court decisions, showing how the classic liberal agenda of non-discrimination evolved into the controversial program of affirmative action.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Lots of ground-breaking information."--Julie Leininger Pycion, Manhattan College

"Graham has abridged his award winning book into a highly readable account of the role of the executive branch in civil rights policy from the sit-ins of 1960 through Nixon's first administration."--The Historian

"An extraordinarily well-written and fascinating account."--Thomas A. Schwartz, Vanderbilt University

"A powerful critique of government civil rights policy after 1965."--Florida Historical Quarterly (on the First Edition)

"An informative account of the crucial years in the struggle for racial minorities and women to gain more civil rights. There is much in it to stimulate class discussion."--Robert W. Langran, Villanova University

"I am pleased to see you come out with another abridgement of a significant (if lengthy) title."--William L. Van Deburg, University of Wisconsin

Praise for The Civil Rights Era:

"Should reacquaint a new generation with forgotten truths....Instructive, too, is Mr. Graham's assessment of presidential leadership"--The New York Times Book Review

"A rigorous, undiluted examination of the policies and programs effected by the federal government in pursuit of civil equality for all citizens....An impressive marshaling of evidence and interpretation....An excellent resource"--Booklist

"The first administrative history of the movement....A major milestone in the study of recent American life and politics"--Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195073225
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/27/1992
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

1. America in 1960: Blacks and Women on the Eve of Social Revolution
2. The Kennedy Presidency and Black Civil Rights, 1960-1962
3. The Segregated Civil Rights Bills of 1963 for Women and Blacks
4. Lyndon Johnson and The Civil Rights Act of 1964
5. The Watershed of 1965: From the Voting Rights Act to "Black Power"
6. The EEOC and the Politics of Gender
7. Race, Affirmative Action, and Open Housing, 1965-1968
8. The Nixon Presidency: Domestic Policy and Divided Government
9. The Philadelphia Plan and the Politics of Minority Preference
10. The "Color-Blind" Constitution and the Federal Courts
11. Women, the Nixon Administration, and the Equal Rights Amendment
12. The Consolidation of 1972
13. The Rights Revolution and The American Administrative State
Further Reading
Glossary of Organizations
Endnotes

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    Indispensable

    An abridgment of his prize-winning book, "The Civil Rights Era," Hugh Davis Graham's "Civil Rights and the Presidency," is worth a patient, careful reading.


    Understanding the successes and failures of the civil rights era requires attention to more than just the lofty message of Dr. King. Recent work on the civil rights era has considerably diversified the cast of characters - confirming King's importance, but also allowing less-public actors and institutions to receive the attention they deserve.


    "Civil Rights and the Presidency" ably juggles political, bureaucratic, and legislative history to produce an intriguing story of government's adaptation to the civil rights agenda (with regard to both race and gender). It reveals the interesting behind-the-scenes story of civil rights legislation, the courts, and the bureaucracy, and as a result some very interesting portrayals emerge. Republican Minority Leader Everett Dirksen gets his due as a man who made the Civil Rights Act possible. Possibly most intriguing is Graham's portrait of Richard Nixon.


    As an abridgment, this is a fairly tightly written book. It's not skimmable, but with careful attention and patience it offers immense and frequently fresh insights on a critical period in American history.

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