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The Walls of Jericho : Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell and the Struggle for Civil Rights Hardcover – May, 1996
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A powerful account of America at its best--Congress ratifying a national demand for civil rights for blacks. Robert Mann, a veteran Senate aid, recalls the political courage of Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas and Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota against the Senate. Despite criticism from liberals and conservatives, the two worked together to combat Richard B. Russell of Georgia, chairman of the Armed Services committee and leader of the Southern Democrats' effort to block civil rights measures. The tenacity and creativity of Johnson and Humphrey led to Russell's demise and the passing of John F. Kennedy's civil rights bill in 1965.
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This is not a comprehensive account of the battle for civil rights, but a Congress-centric study of the lives and interplay of three powerful Democratic senators?one of whom became President?regarding civil rights law. Thus, Mann, author of a biography of Senator Russell Long (Legacy of Power), mines published biographies, oral history archives and his own interviews to sketch the righteous civil rights opponent Russell from Georgia, the eloquent, progressive Minnesotan Humphrey and the pragmatic strategist Johnson from Texas. Johnson cultivated Russell, his elder and a lonely bachelor; he mentored Humphrey, who provided crucial links to Senate liberals. While Mann's discussion of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and national civil rights protests is hardly new, his description of the passage of the important Civil Rights Act of 1964 is absorbing: Humphrey led the charge, while Russell, who chose filibuster over negotiation, was the biggest loser. Johnson, however, undercut Humphrey's effectiveness as vice-president, and Russell's friendship with Johnson broke down during a conflict over a judicial appointment. All three men, sadly, ended their careers in rejection and defeat. Photos not seen by PW.
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If you are at all interested in Civil Rights, or you just like reading about politics, this is a very good place to start.