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By Mark J. Stern

In June 1963, in the course of nationwide turmoil led to by way of civil rights demonstrations, John Kennedy despatched his administration's first significant civil rights invoice to the Congress. nonetheless not sure approximately this flow, he requested his brother Robert, "Do you think that we did definitely the right thing?" inside days of assuming the presidency, Lyndon Johnson publicly devoted himself to civil rights as a "memorial" to his predecessor. Privately he informed Georgia's Senator Richard Russell, the chief of the South in Congress, "Dick, you have to get out of my method. i'll run you over." President Johnson wouldn't compromise or equivocate on civil rights. John Kennedy of Massachusetts yielded to the strain of occasions and have become an best friend of the move, regardless of his worry that helping civil rights may well price him votes in Congress and the kingdom. Lyndon Johnson of Texas, whom liberals loathed simply because he frequently gutted their prize laws, grew to become the dedicated champion of civil rights. jointly their administrations grew to become synonymous with the second one Reconstruction, notwithstanding neither president had a previous checklist of robust civil rights dedication. Mark Stern explains how every one guy pursued energy and votes, and eventually redirected his personal plan of action and altered the nation's future.

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