Lecture, Audio Recording     Series: Hatfield Lecture Series

Todd Purdum on the Battle for the Civil Rights Act

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is popularly remembered as the legacy of John F. Kennedy, passed after his assassination when his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, used his legendary skills as a master of legislative lobbying to push it through Congress. However, in An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Todd Purdum shows that the real champions were the senators and representatives who worked behind the scenes for a full year to get the bill passed.

Event Type: Lecture, Audio Recording

About the Forum

Since 1998, the Oregon Historical Society has presented this annual lecture series, which brings together the nation’s top historians and authors for thought-provoking evenings of history. Each spring, award-winning scholars come to Portland to share broad perspectives on the many facets of United States history.