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We Shall Overcome. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, December 2008, Pages: 512
This is a study of the civil rights policies of the
Kennedy and Johnson administrations.It examines the
period from May 1963 to August 1964, which
witnessed radical changes in presidential policy
agendas on civil rights. By the summer of 1964 with
the passage of both the Civil Rights Act and
the Economic Opportunity Act, the Johnson
administration had responded to African-American
demands that the federal government pass wide-
ranging legislation to address both constitutional
and socio-economic inequality.This book highlights
the importance of long-term national
developments, which witnessed the established civil
rights organisations, in particular the NAACP,
becoming integral partners in the national New Deal
coalition before the advent of the mass civil
rights movement of the early 1960s.
Civil rights organisations viewed the
constitutional and socio-economic civil rights
agendas as being inseparable during 1963 and 1964.
Moreover, these organisations were able to exert
their power as a key constituency within the
New Deal coalition to persuade the Johnson
administration to accede immediately to their
demands for civil rights laws.
David , McKinstry.
Dr David McKinstry teaches History in the Humanities Department
of Port Glasgow High School, Scotland. He read History at
Glasgow University and recieved his Phd from
Strathclyde University. He has taught History in
Secondary and Higher Education for the past twenty years and is
currently writing a biography on Lyndon Johnson.