The Civil Rights Era: Origins and Development of National Policy, 1960-1972

By Hugh Davis Graham
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"The Civil Rights Era" by Hugh Davis Graham offers a comprehensive exploration of one of the most pivotal periods in American history. The book delves into the struggle for social justice and equality during the mid-20th century, tracing the origins of the civil rights movement and its impact on American society.

Graham examines the key individuals, organizations, and events that shaped the movement, from the Montgomery bus boycott to the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. He provides a nuanced analysis of the strategies and tactics employed by civil rights activists and the resistance they faced from segregationists and white supremacist groups.

Throughout the book, Graham explores the complex interplay between local, state, and federal governments in advancing or hindering civil rights. He illuminates the roles played by Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as the influence of grassroots movements on federal policy.

"The Civil Rights Era" also delves into the broader context of the era, examining the impact of Cold War politics and international pressure on the civil rights struggle. Graham highlights the intertwined nature of the civil rights movement with other social and political movements of the time, such as the women's rights movement and the anti-war movement.

In addition, Graham provides insightful analysis of the lasting effects of the civil rights movement, both in terms of legal and social change. He examines the ongoing challenges of racial inequality and the unfinished agenda of the movement, underscoring the relevance of its lessons in contemporary society.

With its concise yet comprehensive approach, "The Civil Rights Era" serves as an essential guide to understanding the complexities and significance of this transformative period in American history. Graham's informative and engaging narrative invites readers to delve into the intricacies of the civil rights struggle and its enduring impact on American society and beyond.
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