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And Justice for All The United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom in America

ISBN-10: 0307263207

ISBN-13: 9780307263209

Edition: 2009

Authors: Mary Frances Berry

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The first history in forty years of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Mary Frances Berrya member of the commission for more than twenty years and chairperson for more than a decadedescribes its founding in 1957 by President Eisenhower, in response to the burgeoning civil rights protest. She makes clear that, from the outset, the commission was designed to be an independent bipartisan federal agencybeholden to no government bodywith full subpoena power, free to decide what to investigate and report on.We seehowreluctant witnesses overcame fear of reprisal, courageously coming forward with their testimony; how various hearings and reports were instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965; how Congress added the overseeing of discriminating practiceswith regard to sex, age, and disabilityto the commission's jurisdiction, which helped in the passage of the Age Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. We see how each president dealt with the commission; how Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush fired commissioners over policy disagreements; and how, under pressure from Bush, commissioners began to downplay the need to remedy discrimination. Finally, Dr. Berry makes an impassioned and convincing argument for a reconfigured commissionfully independent, and with an expanded mandate that would allow it to oversee the preservation of all human rights.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/20/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Mary Frances Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. The author of nine books and recipient of over thirty honorary degrees, she has been chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is a regular contributor to Politico.com, and has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher, Anderson Cooper 360, The Daily Show, Tavis Smiley, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.     Josh Gottheimer was presidential speechwriter and special assistant to Bill Clinton, and has written speeches for John Kerry, General Wesley Clark, Hillary Clinton, and other high-profile Democrats. He appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN as a political analyst, edited Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches, and is a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania.    Ted Sorensen is former special counsel and adviser to President John F. Kennedy and a widely published author on the presidency and foreign affairs. From the Hardcover edition.