Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Reading LBJ's Civil Rights Legacy

This week, President Obama, former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, and an impressive roster of speakers will visit Austin, TX, for a Civil Rights Summit hosted by the LBJ Presidential Library
This three-day event marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, passed by Lyndon Baines Johnson in a crucial step toward the realization of America's promise to its people. We're so proud that the University of Texas at Austin is affiliated with this summit, and would like to showcase some vital UT Press titles for understanding LBJ's legacy, the civil rights movement in Texas, and the complicated nature of our ongoing struggle for equality.

View the live stream of the entire Summit at civilrightssummit.org, follow The LBJ Foundation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and when the summit ends, keep the conversation going with these books.
Freedom Is Not Enough
The War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement in Texas
By William S. Clayson

The first in-depth examination of Lyndon Johnson's Office of Economic Opportunity and its role in the rise and fall of postwar liberalism in the Lone Star State. William S. Clayson traces the rise and fall of postwar liberalism in the Lone Star State against a backdrop of dissent among Chicano militants and black nationalists who rejected Johnson's brand of liberalism.

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My Wild Ride as Air Force One Pilot, White House Aide, and Personal Confidant
By Brigadier General James U. Cross, USAF (retired), with Denise Gamino and Gary Rice

LBJ’s personal pilot—one of the few to fly Air Force One and simultaneously hold a full-time job in the White House—offers vivid recollections of the thirty-sixth president.

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A Washington Memoir
By Harry McPherson

This insider's view of Washington in the 1950s and 1960s, of the tumultuous presidency of Lyndon Johnson, and of the conflicts and factions of the president's staff has become a political classic since its original publication in 1972. In this reissue, Harry McPherson adds a new preface in which he reflects on changes in Washington since the Johnson era and on the lessons Bill Clinton could learn from the presidency of Lyndon Johnson.

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The Gay Place
By Billy Lee Brammer
Introduction by Don Graham

A classic piece of Texas literature featuring three interlocking stories about a fictional Texas governor based on LBJ.
"An American classic in which a Johnsonian figure named Arthur 'Goddam' Fenstemaker strides through the pages, large, earthy, intelligent, threatening, working it seemed more often on the side of the angels than against them." —Gore Vidal

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LBJ and Mexican Americans
The Paradox of Power
By Julie Leininger Pycior

This book explores the complex and sometimes contradictory relations between LBJ and Mexican Americans. Mexican Americans' complicated relationship with LBJ influenced both their political development and his career with consequences that reverberated throughout society at large.

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Felix Longoria's Wake
Bereavement, Racism, and the Rise of Mexican American Activism
By Patrick Carroll

Patrick Carroll explains how a controversy over a slain Mexican American soldier contributed to the rise of Mexican American activism. This act of discrimination launched Dr. Héctor P. García and his newly formed American G.I. Forum into the vanguard of the Mexican civil rights movement, while simultaneously endangering and advancing the career of Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, who arranged for Longoria's burial with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Before Brown
Heman Marion Sweatt, Thurgood Marshall, and the Long Road to Justice
By Gary M. Lavergne

The inspiring story of the courageous Houston mailman whose struggle to attend the University of Texas School of Law provided the precedent for the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that ended segregation in public education.

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No Color Is My Kind
The Life of Eldrewey Stearns and the Integration of Houston
By Thomas R. Cole

An uncommon chronicle of identity, fate, and compassion as two men—one Jewish and one African American—set out to rediscover a life lost to manic depression and alcoholism.
Weaving the tragic story of a charismatic and deeply troubled leader into the record of a major historic event, Cole also explores his emotionally charged collaboration with Stearns. Their poignant relationship sheds powerful and healing light on contemporary race relations in America, and especially on issues of power, authority, and mental illness.

Drawing on court cases spanning more than a century, Delaney examines the moves and countermoves of attorneys and judges who participated in the geopolitics of slavery and emancipation; in the development of Jim Crow segregation, which effectively created apartheid laws in many cities; and in debates over the "doctrine of changed conditions," which challenged the legality of restrictive covenants and private contracts designed to exclude people of color from white neighborhoods. This historical investigation yields new insights into the patterns of segregation that persist in American society today.


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