Origins of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Nesburg, Alan Donald
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The goal was to view the society and its members' general conception of the civil rights issue, as well as the specific demands being presented by those groups actively engaged in promoting the cause of racial equality. The extended confrontation between rising Negro hopes and continued Southern resistance to the integration principle led to a racial crisis in the summer of 1963, and thereafter to the formation of consensual support for civil rights legislation by the federal government. The main portion of this paper follows a roughly chronological outline. The first chapter is devoted to a consideration of the civil rights activities in the years under the Eisenhower Administration; the second, with the first two Kennedy years; the third, with the national civil rights crisis that emerged during the spring and summer of 1963 and was the immediate impetus for civil rights legislation; and the fourth and fifth chapters deal with the passage of the Kennedy-Johnson Administration's civil rights bill by the House and Senate, respectively. The final chapter is devoted to an attempt at structuring the material accumulated in the first five chapters. The interactions of social and the political system in the process of reflecting society's demands and supports are described by using the David Easton model. This model is a deductive construct, offering a description of the general relationships of the variables in the political system. The Easton model provides a systematic framework within which research on political behavior can be analyzed so that relationships between the interacting political variables become clearer and generalizations on these relationships can be attempted.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.