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And justice for all : the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the continuing struggle for freedom in America, Mary Frances Berry

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And justice for all : the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the continuing struggle for freedom in America
Title
And justice for all
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the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the continuing struggle for freedom in America
Statement of responsibility
Mary Frances Berry
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Language
eng
Summary
This book is the first history in forty years of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. The author, who has been member of the commission for more than twenty years and chairperson for more than a decade, describes its founding in 1957 by President Eisenhower in response to the burgeoning civil rights protest. She makes clear that, from the outset, the commission was designed to be an independent bipartisan federal agency, beholden to no government body, with full subpoena power, free to decide what to investigate and report on. We see how reluctant witnesses overcame fear of reprisal, courageously coming forward with their testimony; how various hearings and reports were instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; how Congress added the overseeing of discriminating practices with regard to sex, age, and disability to the commission's jurisdiction, which helped in the passage of the Age Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. We see how each president dealt with the commission; how Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush fired commissioners over policy disagreements; and how, under pressure from Bush, commissioners began to downplay the need to remedy discrimination. Finally, the author makes an impassioned and convincing argument for a reconfigured commission, fully independent, and with an expanded mandate that would allow it to oversee the preservation of all human rights
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Berry, Mary Frances
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JC599.U5
LC item number
B45 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • United States Commission on Civil Rights
  • United States Commission on Civil Rights
  • Civil rights
  • African Americans
  • Bürgerrechtsbewegung
  • Bürgerrecht
  • African Americans
  • Civil rights
  • Schwarze
  • USA
  • United States
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And justice for all : the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the continuing struggle for freedom in America, Mary Frances Berry
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Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-397) and index
Contents
Prologue -- Responding to the "Negro" protest -- Among friends -- "So glad you finally made it" -- "The dinosaur finally opens one eye" -- Killing the messenger -- Fulfilling the spirit of the law -- "A pocket of renegades" -- Speak first, investigate never -- "Mickey Mouse agency" -- Here you come again -- "You can forget civil rights in this country"
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 425 p.
Isbn
9780307263209
Lccn
2008032655
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)232980273
  • (OCoLC)ocn232980273
Label
And justice for all : the United States Commission on Civil Rights and the continuing struggle for freedom in America, Mary Frances Berry
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-397) and index
Contents
Prologue -- Responding to the "Negro" protest -- Among friends -- "So glad you finally made it" -- "The dinosaur finally opens one eye" -- Killing the messenger -- Fulfilling the spirit of the law -- "A pocket of renegades" -- Speak first, investigate never -- "Mickey Mouse agency" -- Here you come again -- "You can forget civil rights in this country"
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 425 p.
Isbn
9780307263209
Lccn
2008032655
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)232980273
  • (OCoLC)ocn232980273

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