The Presidential Recordings - Lyndon B. Johnson: Mississippi Burning and the Passage of the Civil Rights Act: June 1, 1964-July 4, 1964

Timothy J. Naftali, Guian A. McKee, Kent B. Germany, David C. Carter

The Presidential Recordings - Lyndon B. Johnson: Mississippi Burning and the Passage of the Civil Rights Act: June 1, 1964-July 4, 1964
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The Presidential Recordings - Lyndon B. Johnson: Mississippi Burning and the Passage of the Civil Rights Act: June 1, 1964-July 4, 1964

Timothy J. Naftali, Guian A. McKee, Kent B. Germany, David C. Carter

This is presidential power in its rawest form, revealed alongside the private vulnerabilities of the world’s most public man. One of Lyndon B. Johnson’s first presidential acts, following the tragic assassination of john F. Kennedy, was to order a secret taping system to be installed in the White House to record his telephone conversations. These volumes, which continue the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs’s acclaimed Presidential Recordings series, cover the time period from 1 June 1964 to 4 July 1964. During these dramatic weeks, Johnson continued to struggle with America’s course in Vietman, sought to implement his vision of a Great Society, finally signed into law the momentous civil rights bill introduced by Kennedy and dealt with his first national domestic crisis when, after the bill’s passage, three civil rights workers went missing in Mississippi, an incident that would test Johnson’s commitment to civil rights and become one of the defining moments of his presidency.

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