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By Todd Purdum

A best Washington journalist recounts the dramatic political conflict to cross the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislations that created glossy the US, at the 50th anniversary of its passage

It used to be 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 long ago. yet this one was once diverse simply because, as one influential senator placed it, it used to be “an concept 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 precisely over a 12 months, to create a invoice that brought on the longest filibuster within the heritage of the U.S. Senate but used to be finally followed with overwhelming bipartisan help. He inspires the excessive objective and coffee dealings that marked the construction of this huge legislation, drawing on large archival study and dozens of recent interviews that convey to existence this sign success in American history.

Often hailed because the most vital legislation of the prior century, the Civil Rights Act stands as a lesson for our personal bothered occasions approximately what's attainable whilst endurance, bipartisanship, and decency rule the day.

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4 N. Lerner, ‘Religious human rights under the United Nations’, in J. van der Vyver and J. Witte Jr. (eds), Religious human rights in global perspective Vol. II – legal perspectives, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1996, 94. 5 This will be discussed in greater detail in Chapter 2. 6 An-Naim, Towards an Islamic reformation: civil liberties, human rights and international law, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1990, Chapter 6. Existing protection of religious freedom in international law 19 7 Seventeen states were involved in 14 treaties.

While it is not surprising that states that are not democratic and do not respect human rights infringe religious freedom, it is more interesting to understand why states that are democratic and generally committed to human rights principles infringe this right. It is because the conflicts inherent within this right, exposed in this study, make it an impossible right to implement without following a conscious and coherent interpretation, which this work will try to suggest. 2 In order to prove that state practice exists, uniform and extensive state practice must be shown to exist, accompanied by a belief of states that they are acting according to international law.

98, 122 Nepal Constitution of Nepal ....................................................................................... 115 Table of Statutes xxxi South Africa Constitution of South Africa ............................................................ 139, 142, 217 Sri Lanka Constitution of Sri Lanka ................................................................................ 131 Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act 1951 ....................................... 135, 151, 154 Turkmenistan The Law on Religion 1996 ..............................................................................

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