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Freedom's Pragmatist: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights

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Freedom's Pragmatist: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights

Sylvia Ellis

History has labelled Lyndon B. Johnson “Lincoln's successor.” But how did a southern president representing a predominantly conservative state, with connections to some of the nation's leading segregationists, come to play such an influential role in civil rights history? In Freedom's Pragmatist, Sylvia Ellis tracks Johnson's personal and political civil rights journey from his childhood and early adulthood in Texas to his lengthy career in Congress and the Senate to his time as vice president and president. Once in the White House, and pressured constantly by grassroots civil rights protests, ... Read more

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