The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell, and the Struggle for Civil Rights

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Harcourt Brace, 1996 - Political Science - 609 pages
Hubert Humphrey: the idealistic firebrand who electrified the 1948 Democratic convention and relentlessly championed civil rights for more than twenty years. Lyndon Johnson: the wily, pragmatic Senate majority leader who resisted calls for civil rights but eventually, as president, became the driving force behind the monumental 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act. And Richard Russell: the passionate conservative senator from Georgia who vainly defended a dying segregationist way of life. Their personal and political lives strangely and inextricably intertwined, these three stood at the center of the storm during the legislative battles to establish American civil and voting rights. Drawing on rich archival materials and on interviews with participants and witnesses, Robert Mann has written an unforgettable account of the intrigue, the compromises, the friendships, and the rivalries of these three powerful men and their complex relationships with other members of the Senate, including Everett Dirksen, Paul Douglas, John F. Kennedy, Albert Gore Sr., John Stennis, and James O. Eastland. It is a classically American story about the perseverance, eloquence, duplicity, and genius of different men in pursuit of different goals - and the battered triumph of tolerance, fairness, and justice.

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THE WALLS OF JERICHO: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell, and the Struggle for Civil Rights

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An absorbing story of the 16-year Senate siege to break the seemingly impregnable wall of resistance to civil rights for blacks—and of the three Democratic titans at the heart of that battle. In 1948 ... Read full review

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This is not a book about the Civil Rights movement; it is about the U.S. Senate and how the political and personal chemistry among three political giants affected the battles in the 1950s and 1960s to ... Read full review


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Robert Mann holds the Manship Chair in Mass Communication at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and is a senior public policy fellow at the school's Reilly Center for Public Affairs. Formerly an aide to three U.S. senators and a Louisiana governor, Mann is author of critically acclaimed political histories of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and the Boston Globe.

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