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The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act.

The act, among other things, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels. This year marks the 50th anniversary of its passage. Author Todd Purdum joins Fresh Air to talk about the legislative and political battles that surrounded it.

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In 'Passage,' Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles.

The fourth volume in Robert Caro's monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson is The Passage of Power; it explores the period between 1958 and 1964 during which Johnson went from powerful Senate majority leader to powerless vice president to — suddenly — president of the United States.

05:42

Max Kennedy: A Son's Vision of a Stranger Father

Max Kennedy, the ninth child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, was just three years old when his father was assassinated. In 1998, he edited a collection of his father's private journal entries called Make Gentle The Life of this World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy.

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Pete Hamill Remembers Robert F. Kennedy

When the candidate was assassinated 40 years ago, Hamill was there: He was Kennedy's friend and had helped persuade him to run for president. A journalist and author, Hamill covered the story for The Village Voice.

04:36

Jack Newfield, Looking for the Man in the RFK Myth

Journalist Jack Newfield's close work with Robert F. Kennedy during the last year of his life informs Newfield's 1969 book, RFK: A Memoir, which offers a first-hand account of the assassinated politician and attempts to separate the man from myth.

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Chronicling the 'Bobby and J. Edgar' Battles

Journalist and historian Burton Hersh has followed the Kennedy family for more than 35 years. His latest book is a study of the behind-the-scenes power struggles among the Kennedys and longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

Hersh writes that as attorney general, Robert F. Kennedy did his best to keep Hoover — technically his subordinate — on a short leash. But knowledge of Kennedy family secrets gave Hoover, always a master manipulator, the upper hand.

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Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

Maxwell Taylor Kennedy is the youngest son of the late Robert Kennedy. He edited a collection of his father's private journal entries called Make Gentle The Life of this World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy. He reads from the speech his father gave on the night that Martin Luther King Jr. was assasinated.

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Remembering Robert Kennedy: A Son Shares His Father's Vision.

Maxwell Taylor Kennedy is the youngest son of Robert F. Kennedy. He has edited a new collection of his father's private journal entries called "Make Gentle The Life of this World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy." (Harcourt Brace) Max Kennedy, as he is called, has written stories for the Santa Monica News, and for the magazines Doubletake and Conde Nast Traveler. He also served as a prosecutor in Philadelphia. He lives in Boston.

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