Todd Purdum & John Stewart – The Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Todd Purdum has written An Idea Whose Time Has Come:  Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  His book examines this landmark legislation, which has often been hailed as the most important law of the past century, and one of Knoxville’s own, John Stewart, played a part in it.

Purdum, is a senior writer at POLITICO and contributing editor at Vanity Fair.  He spent 23 years covering politics for the New York TImes. He will be joined in this discussion by John Stewart.  John was a legislative aide to Senator and Vice President Hubert Humphrey (1962-69) and he holds a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.  John later worked for the Democratic National Committee and he worked as a vice president at TVA in Economic and Community Development (1980-93).

Todd has been interviewed about this book on NPR, US News & World Report, The Daily Beast, and PBS, to name a few. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about this critical and important time in US history- a time of sit-ins, freedom rides, and a March on Washington.  The event will be held in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium at 5:30 p.m on April 23. A book-signing will follow immediately with UT Bookstore providing books for sale.