You’re looking at the Civil War as you’ve probably never seen it before—not as an 11-hour Ken Burns documentary — but as a regional, battle-by-battle blow of North vs. South told in an instant.
Martin Luther King’s telegram (“I shudder”) to Pres Kennedy after Birmingham church murders 50 yrs ago today.
JFK: Well, this is obviously a fuck-up!
- @BeschlossDC: Here, from 50 yrs ago today, 60 seconds of audio of JFK privately going ballistic at Air Force $$ spent for Jackie
“I confess myself refreshed to hear Paula Deen respond “Yes, of course,” when asked if she used the word “nigger.” We have conditioned ourselves on a kind of magic wherein we believe that racism is a matter of kindness and prohibitive vocabulary—as though a hatred of women can be reduced the use of the word “bitch.” But what does a country which tolerates the terrorism of Southwest, Georgia expect? What does a country whose left wing’s greatest policy achievement was made possible by an embrace of white supremacy really believe will happen to children raised in such times? What do we expect in a country where many find it entirely appropriate to wear the battle-flag of the republic of slavery?”
June 19, 1964: The Senate Passes Civil Rights Act
On this day in 1964, the Senate passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2. The landmark act barred discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin in public facilities — such as restaurants, theaters, or hotels. Discrimination in hiring practices was also outlawed. The Civil Rights Act paved the way for future anti-discrimination legislation, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
To learn more about milestones in the Civil Rights Movement, visit Eyes on the Prize online.
Photo: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. Martin Luther King, Jr. is among those looking on. (National Archives and Records Administration)
JFK at Arlington on Memorial Day 50 years ago (standing below what became his grave) was 1 day after final birthday, 1963 - @BeschlossDC
“And Tillman’s last words? The soldier with him at the time poignantly recalls how Tillman saved his life even while his screams couldn’t spare his own. To his buddies but 40 yards away who were unloading artillery into his chest and head he screamed, “I’m fucking Pat Tillman, why are you shooting at me? I’m fucking Pat Tillman!””
Here at start of their friendship R. Reagan writes M. Thatcher after 1st private meeting & fall of Saigon 4/30/1975
“When Jews looked around the world and they saw Hitler and they saw Stalin and they saw Mussolini, they felt mighty glad that the man who was running the United States was Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” says Jonathan D. Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University. “Nevertheless he was a consummate politician. And there were things that he felt deeply about, and he made sure they happened. Arming America secretly was one of them. Helping Britain was one of them. Saving Jews was not one of them.”