Showdown at the 1964 Democratic Convention

Showdown at the 1964 Democratic Convention

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In the summer of 1964, three forces converged at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, each with the potential to shake the moorings of traditional democracy: the all-white segregationist delegation from Mississippi, a mostly black delegation determined to unseat the segregationists, and President Lyndon Johnson, who had signed the civil rights bill but wanted to avoid trouble that could jeopardize his chances of carrying the South in the November election. These groups struggled to reach a qcompromiseq that in the end epitomized sheer political power and i.... president was to pressure him into stating publicly why he preferred a segregated all-white, proa€“Goldwater delegation rather than the Freedom Democrats. Actor Sidney Poitier (left) and singer Harry Belafonte (center), shown 92 Showdownanbsp;...

Title:Showdown at the 1964 Democratic Convention
Author:John C. Skipper
Publisher:McFarland - 2012-03-20


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