America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s by Maurice Isserman

By Maurice Isserman

I purchased this publication for a category in US background. The 60s have been ahead of my time and that i did not comprehend the adjustments that have been happening. This e-book helped my very much. it really is jam-packed with details (and occasionally challenging to leap from side to side among issues) yet an outstanding source. whereas it wasn't the main attention-grabbing learn for my classification, it wasn't undesirable.

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Supreme Court in the 1960s, including Chief Justice Earl Warren, had been appointed by President Eisenhower). In the legislative branch, notwithstanding Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, liberal Democrats were nearly always a minority.

In 1960, Clay won a gold medal Malcolm X, leading voice of black nationalism in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Source: Express Newspapers/Archive Photos Black Ordeal, Black Freedom 45 in the Olympic Games and then turned professional. He quickly added to his fame with brash claims of his “greatness” delivered in humorous rhyme. Quietly, he became close to Malcolm X; in February 1964, minutes after winning the world heavyweight championship, Clay proclaimed his membership in the Nation of Islam.

But belying such confident words 28 America Divided were the measures taken to keep black people from voting, especially in Deep South states where they were most numerous. Poll taxes were raised or lowered, depending on the race of the applicant. ”7 As the authorities in rural areas, white registrars set their own working hours, bent election laws at will, and made it as difficult as possible for blacks to acquire the necessary documents. In 1946 a black army veteran from McComb, Mississippi, testified to a congressional committee that a county voting clerk had required him to describe the entire contents of a Democratic primary ballot.

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