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Dr. Brenda Kauffman"The Limits of Legislation: The Black Freedom Struggle After 1964"

"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a monumental accomplishment for the civil rights movement, but it did not end the struggle for racial equality in the United States. The movement, instead, transformed over the next decade in a number of ways. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed some of the issues the nation faced in the last book he wrote, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, but many of even his most ardent followers have either ignored its contents or failed to heed his admonitions in a post-1960s America.  Dr. Butler uses evidence from his research on the Florida panhandle to conclude that cultural issues continued to divide whites and blacks in the years after legal segregation ended, which had unforeseen political and economic consequences on the local population into the twenty-first century."

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Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Martin Luther King, Jr.