Publisher description for Judgment days : Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the laws that changed America / Nick Kotz.
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Opposites in almost every way, mortally suspicious of each other at ﬁrst, Johnson and King were thrust together in the aftermath of JFK"s assassination. Both leaders sensed a historic opportunity born of the popular desire to honor Kennedy"s legacy, and they began a delicate dance of accommodation that moved them, and the entire nation, toward the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Drawing on a wealth of newly available sources -- Johnson"s taped telephone conversations, voluminous FBI wiretap logs, previously secret communications between the FBI and the president -- Nick Kotz gives us a dramatic narrative, rich in dialogue, that presents this momentous period with thrilling immediacy.
We watch Johnson again applying the arm-twisting tactics that made him infamous in the Senate, and we follow King as he keeps
the pressure on in the South through protest and passive resistance. Judgment Days also reveals how this spirit of teamwork disintegrated when the two leaders parted bitterly over King"s opposition to the
Vietnam War. Kotz offers a rich, surprising account that signiﬁcantly enriches our understanding of both men and their time.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Johnson, Lyndon B, (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 Friends and associates, King, Martin Luther, Jr, , 1929-1968 Friends and associates, Johnson, Lyndon B, (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 Relations with African Americans, African Americans Civil rights History 20th century, African Americans Legal status, laws, etc, United States, Civil Rights Act of 1964, United States, Voting Rights Act of 1965, United States Politics and government 1963-1969, United States Race relations Political aspects