Kennedy, Johnson, and the Quest for Justice: The Civil Rights Tapes

Overview

In this book, Jonathan Rosenberg and Zachary Karabell present the story of desegregation at Ole Miss; the effort by Martin Luther King, Jr. to dismantle Jim Crow in Birmingham, Alabama; the March on Washington; the aftermath of the church bombing that killed four young girls in September 1963; and numerous other key moments in the history of the civil rights movement, but from an altogether new perspective, that of the White House.

As part of the Presidential Recordings Project ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (58) from $1.99   
  • New (12) from $1.99   
  • Used (46) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 10 of 12 (2 pages)
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$1.99
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(346)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
2003 Hardcover Brand New. 100% Money Back Guarantee! Ships within 1 business day, includes tracking. Carefully packed. Serving satisfied customers since 1987.

Ships from: Darby, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$4.95
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(92)

Condition: New
100% satisfaction guaranteed. No Remainder Mark, No Damage. Ship twice daily.

Ships from: Plano, TX

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$10.04
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(335)

Condition: New
Hardcover New 0393051226 XCITING PRICES JUST FOR YOU. Ships within 24 hours. Best customer service. 100% money back return policy.

Ships from: Bensalem, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$11.41
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(90)

Condition: New
2003-09-22 Hardcover New HARDCOVER, BRAND NEW COPY, Perfect Shape, No Black Remainder Mark,

Ships from: La Grange, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$11.41
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(90)

Condition: New
2003-09-22 Hardcover New HARDCOVER, BRAND NEW COPY, Perfect Shape, No Remainder Mark, MH328-1108.

Ships from: La Grange, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$11.61
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(90)

Condition: New
2003-09-22 Hardcover New HARDCOVER, BRAND NEW COPY, Perfect Shape, No Black Remainder Mark,

Ships from: La Grange, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$12.17
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(1047)

Condition: New
Hardcover New 0393051226 Friendly Return Policy. A+++ Customer Service!

Ships from: Philadelphia, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$12.17
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(513)

Condition: New
Hardcover New 0393051226! ! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! ! ENJOY OUR BEST PRICES! ! ! Ships Fast. All standard orders delivered within 5 to 12 business days.

Ships from: Southampton, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$29.95
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(6)

Condition: New
New and unread stated first edition, first printing hardcover and dust jacket in excellent condition. Mylar cover. Collectible

Ships from: Arlington, TX

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$29.95
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(6)

Condition: New
New and unread stated first edition, first printing hardcover and dust jacket in excellent condition. Mylar cover. Collectible

Ships from: Arlington, TX

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 10 of 12 (2 pages)
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

In this book, Jonathan Rosenberg and Zachary Karabell present the story of desegregation at Ole Miss; the effort by Martin Luther King, Jr. to dismantle Jim Crow in Birmingham, Alabama; the March on Washington; the aftermath of the church bombing that killed four young girls in September 1963; and numerous other key moments in the history of the civil rights movement, but from an altogether new perspective, that of the White House.

As part of the Presidential Recordings Project at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, this book includes actual transcripts of the secret recordings - most never before published - that Presidents Kennedy and Johnson made of their meetings and telephone conversations between the fall of 1962 and the groundbreaking passage of the Civil Rights Act in the summer of 1964. By setting these transcripts in an historical narrative, Rosenberg and Karabell present a seamless account of two tumultuous years in America's struggle for racial justice and highlight the pivotal role played by Kennedy and Johnson in ending legal segregation.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
The editors, Jonathan Rosenberg, author of the forthcoming 'How Far the Promised Land?,' and Zachary Karabell, author of A Visionary Nation, among other books, provide an excellent narrative to keep the background in focus. Their brief essays on events of the time could serve as ready-made term papers for students clever enough to mine the index. — Roy Reed
Publishers Weekly
Although Richard Nixon is surely the most notorious president to install a secret taping system in the Oval Office, he was hardly the first: such tapings began with Franklin Roosevelt. The University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs has begun transcribing these recordings, allowing scholars like Rosenberg (author of the forthcoming "How Far the Promised Land?") and Karabell (The Last Campaign) to use the tapes to illuminate pivotal moments in American history. Here they examine a two-year period in the civil rights movement, from the 1962 violence surrounding James Meredith's attempt to enroll at the University of Mississippi through LBJ's success at pushing through the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The authors have neatly organized the transcripts into discrete historical moments (bombing in Birmingham, the March on Washington and so on), and they provide commentary and historical context throughout, which is necessary since many of the conversations are difficult to follow, either because too many people are talking at once or because the transcriber could not decipher certain words or phrases. While there are conversations with Mississippi governor Ross Barnett, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, black leaders such as Roy Wilkins and many others, there are no revelations, and the tapes are limited in that they offer only the "top-down" perspective on any issue, a point the authors are careful to make in their last chapter. The presidential recordings project is a worthy enterprise, but these texts will likely be of interest primarily to scholars and students of American government and civil rights already familiar with the main events. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The story of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s has been well told, but never with the insider intimacy afforded by this fascinating and important book. As participants in the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs "Presidential Recordings Project," this volume's historian editors have collected previously unreleased materials taped in the Kennedy and Johnson White Houses relating to the events surrounding first the stormy 1962 integration battle to allow James Meredith to enroll in the University of Mississippi and then LBJ's efforts to win passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. The editors do a fine job of setting up each struggle with historical narrative, giving the reader context for the tape-recorded meetings and phone conversations that follow. The reader gets a "fly-on-the-wall" view of the efforts by Kennedy and Johnson to advance the cause of civil rights against stiff and passionate opposition. Concluding that these tapes reveal "a convergence between what was right and what was possible," the editors give credit to Kennedy and Johnson for what they did but remind us that they came late-but were vitally important-to the cause of civil rights. This is a valuable and fascinating look at the civil rights struggle from inside the White House, and inside the minds and political vantage points of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Suitable for all libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/02.]-Michael A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of primary, hitherto unknown documents in the history of the civil-rights movement. Drawing on archival materials available only 40 years after the fact, and centering on a trove of audiotapes now housed at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, historians Rosenberg and Karabell (Parting the Desert, p. 443, etc.) offer a fly-on-the-wall view of the often tense, often combative stance of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in pressing for equality across the land. One question to ask of those documents early on, the editors suggest, is this: "Why did Kennedy and Johnson come to believe that civil rights reform was the single most important domestic issue facing the nation and decide it was worth fighting for?" Both presidents, after all, had much to lose in potentially alienating the South. Yet, as is clear from the transcripts of meetings and telephone conversations presented here, both Kennedy and Johnson took to the cause, often playing hardball to get their point across, as when Kennedy clashed with Mississippi governor Ross Barnett over James Meredith’s effort to enroll in the state university in 1962. (Kennedy: "I’d like to get assurances from you that the state police will take positive action to maintain law and order." Barnett: "Oh, they’ll do that." Kennedy: "Then we’ll know what we have to do.") Kennedy may not have always known the players--at one point he wonders who Dick Gregory is, asking, "Is he highly regarded by the Negroes"?--but his heart was clearly in the right place, as was Johnson, who emerges from these pages, as from Robert Caro’s recent Master of the Senate, as a consummate politician not afraid of breaking a few boneswhile engaging in a little friendly arm-twisting. The result, of course, was the groundbreaking Civil Rights Act of 1964. A notable effort, essential for the study of the civil-rights movement.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393051223
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Rosenberg is the author of "How Far the Promised Land?": World Affairs and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement from World War I to Vietnam.

Zachary Karabell is the author of several books, including The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

The Presidential Recordings Project
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 The Twentieth-Century Struggle 9
Ch. 2 Ole Miss 27
Ch. 3 Protest in Birmingham 85
Ch. 4 The Bill and the March 114
Ch. 5 Bombs in Birmingham 141
Ch. 6 The Bill Moves Forward 174
Ch. 7 Johnson Takes Over 194
Ch. 8 Through the House 224
Ch. 9 Into the Senate 253
Ch. 10 The Final Fight 282
Conclusion 331
Bibliographic Essay 339
Key Players 345
Summary of Civil Rights Act of 1964 349
Acknowledgments 355
Index 357
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)