In early 1963, civil rights was a dead issue in American politics. Yet just over a year later, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the most sweeping piece of social legislation in American history. What happened? Join journalist and historian Clay Risen for an in-depth look at the untold story behind the “bill of the century.”
2013 Frederick Douglass Fellow Clay Risen is a staff editor for the op-ed page of The New York Times, and the author of A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination. His work has appeared in The New Republic, Smithsonian, The Atlantic and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.
The Frederick Douglass Fellowships support independent work in African-American studies and related areas. The author, activist, and diplomat Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), for whom the fellowships were named, was born in Talbot County, Md., about 30 miles south of Chestertown, and retained a deep attachment to the Eastern Shore until the end of his life.
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