Lecture: Freedom's Pragmatist: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights
Thursday, 24 October 2013 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
This talk by Prof Sylvia Ellis (Northumbria) marks the publication of her book of the same name by University Press of Florida in October 2013. Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency marked the high point of Civil Rights legislative enactments. The first Southern president since the Civil War promoted congressional approval of the ground-breaking Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Reflecting the themes of her book, Sylvia Ellis examines Johnson’s life from childhood through his lengthy career in politics to argue that place, historical context, and personal ambition are the keys to understanding his stance on civil rights.
Sylvia Ellis holds a MA from the University of Rhode Island and a PhD from the University of Newcastle. She is presently Professor of International History at Northumbria University. She is currently researching into the Vietnam War position of Harold Wilson's Labour Government.
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UCL - Institute of the Americas
co-ordinating teaching and research on the Western Hemisphere. Its
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