Robert A. Caro on the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The Harold and Ruth Newman Lecture in American History
Robert A. Caro
Mon, April 7th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
(Members $32)

Note: This event is sold out



“It’s time to write it into the books of law.”
–President Lyndon B. Johnson

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson pushed through a southern-dominated congress a civil rights act that, a century after the Civil War, formally outlawed racial discrimination in America. Robert A. Caro examines Johnson’s legislative genius and the heroism of the civil rights workers in the South, who greatly contributed to this monumental achievement.


For his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Robert A. Caro has won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography twice, the National Book Critics Circle Award three times, and virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that best “exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist.” In 2010, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. He is currently working on the fifth and final book of The Years of Lyndon Johnson series.

Praise for The Passage of Power, Volume IV of The Years of Lyndon Johnson

“Shakespearean… A breathtakingly dramatic story [told] with consummate artistry and ardor.” –The New York Times

“As absorbing as a political thriller… By writing the best presidential biography the country has ever seen, Caro has forever changed the way we think about, and read, American history.” – NPR

“Brilliant… Important… Remarkable… With this fascinating and meticulous account Robert Caro has once again done America a great service.” – President Bill Clinton, The New York Times Book Review


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