By Daniel Geary
Shortly after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Daniel Patrick Moynihan authored a central authority record titled The Negro relations: A Case for nationwide Action that captured the eye of President Lyndon Johnson. Responding to the calls for of African American activists that the U.S. transcend civil rights to safe monetary justice, Moynihan concept his research of black households highlighted socioeconomic inequality. despite the fact that, the report's relevant argument that terrible households headed via unmarried moms inhibited African American growth touched off a heated controversy. The long-running dispute over Moynihan's conclusions replaced how american citizens speak about race, the kinfolk, and poverty.
Fifty years after its book, the Moynihan document continues to be a touchstone in modern racial politics, mentioned by way of President Barack Obama and Congressman Paul Ryan between others. Beyond Civil Rights bargains the definitive heritage of the Moynihan record controversy. concentrating on competing interpretations of the document from the mid-1960s to the overdue Nineteen Seventies, Geary demonstrates its importance for liberals, conservatives, neoconservatives, civil rights leaders, Black energy activists, and feminists. He additionally illustrates the pitfalls of discussing racial inequality basically when it comes to relations constitution. Beyond Civil Rights captures a watershed second in American historical past that finds the roots of present political divisions and the stakes of a public debate that has prolonged for decades.
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Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy (Politics and Culture in Modern America) by Daniel Geary