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By Todd Purdum

A most sensible Washington journalist recounts the dramatic political conflict to move the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislations that created glossy the United States, at the 50th anniversary of its passage

It was once 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 assorted simply because, as one influential senator positioned it, it was once “an notion whose time has come.”

In a robust narrative layered with revealing element, 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 exactly over a yr, to create a invoice that brought on the longest filibuster within the background of the U.S. Senate but was once finally followed with overwhelming bipartisan help. He inspires the excessive function and occasional dealings that marked the production of this huge legislation, drawing on huge archival examine and dozens of latest interviews that deliver to existence this sign fulfillment in American history.

Often hailed because the most vital legislations of the previous century, the Civil Rights Act stands as a lesson for our personal stricken instances approximately what's attainable whilst persistence, bipartisanship, and decency rule the day.

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157 Griffin (n 5) 33. 158 Griffin (n 5) 135. 159 Griffin (n 5) 33. 160 Griffin (n 5) 51. 161 Griffin (n 5) 33. 162 Griffin (n 5) 38. 163 ‘According to my account, there are two grounds for human rights: personhood and practicalities. Personhood initially generates the rights; practicalities give them, where needed, a sufficiently determinate shape’. Griffin (n 5) 192. 164 Griffin (n 5) 50. 165 Griffin (n 5) 54. 166 Griffin (n 5) 92. 167 Attention to justice and the good outside human rights are both necessary, in part because Griffin’s definition of personhood is both highly bounded and agentive.

93 Beitz (n 4) 12. 94 Beitz (n 4) 21. 95 Beitz (n 4) 109. 26 Human Rights and the Body arguing for new rights. 96 While ‘concern’ appears to start with the individual interest, it quickly progresses to levels of national, international and political concern. Ultimately, human rights are concerned with what is advantageous to states. 97 But Beitz draws attention to a rather more promising aspect of international human rights; human rights are ‘emergent’. 99 Given that the recognition of new rights depends on political and national interests, this is not exactly utopian, but it does suggest that the current system is not quite as intractable as it appears.

N 29) 29. 141 Talbott, Which Rights Should be Universal? (n 29) 63. 142 Talbott, Which Rights Should be Universal? (n 29) 109. 143 William J. Talbott, ‘Reply to Critics: In Defense of One Kind of Epistemically Modest But Metaphysically Immodest Liberalism’ (2008) 9 (2) Human Rights Rev 206.. 144 Talbott, Human Rights and Human Well-Being (n 13) 19. 146 These are linked to both the development and exercise of autonomy and together are foundational and constitutive. He arrives at the following: 1.

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