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A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution

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Fifty years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce a federal court order desegregating the city's Central High School, a leading authority on Eisenhower presents an original and engrossing narrative that places Ike and his civil rights policies in dramatically new light.Historians such as Stephen Ambrose and Arthur Schlesin ...more
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Simon & Schuster
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Troy
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I first visited the Eisenhower Presidential Library in 1994. At that time, I walked into a little corner and found a small area showing some of the images related to Ike's work on civil rights. I was interested to see that he was the first president to actually have "Negro" leaders visit in the White House (including MLK). I began researching Ike's involvement in civil rights and returned many times to the library. I wanted to write a book on the subject. Then I found this book by Nichols and wa ...more
Robin Friedman
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eisenhower And Civil Rights

When Dwight Eisenhower completed his two terms as president in 1961, it appeared that historians would treat him unkindly for his allegedly weak, somnolescent leadership. As president, Eisenhower lacked the charisma and forcefulness of his two immediate successors. With the passage of time, historians have become much kinder to Eisenhower and have recognized the deft character of his leadership and the nature of his accomplishments. But Eisenhower's reputation still te
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Lisa
Jul 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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For several generations of Americans now, civil rights have always existed — by law if not necessarily in practice. Those of us of a certain age (and I count myself in this category) know the sit-ins, the marches, the speeches and the terrible violence of the civil rights movement only secondhand. We may know about these events, but we didn’t live them. As such, our knowledge is shaped by who’s telling the facts. And those telling the facts haven’t given President Dwight D. Eisenhower much of a ...more
Jim Cullison
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I hope this author never stops writing about Ike. Yet another illuminating and engrossing dissection of the most underrated president of the 20th century by David Nichols! The author does his usual splendid job of unearthing great detail hitherto undetected by previous biographies of Ike that regurgitate the conventional wisdom that the 34th president was as inert as he was bland. This volume is particularly provocative in its persuasive argument that DDE had a civil rights legacy that was far m ...more
Bill Sleeman
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Did President Eisenhower create the political environment of the modern civil rights movement? Or did he purposefully undermine the Supreme Court’s decision in “Brown v. Board?” Was Eisenhower committed to equal justice? Most historians tend to favor the notion that President Eisenhower was at best a reluctant supporter of civil rights. “In A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution” author David Nichols successfully explores the many ways that the historica ...more
Steve
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
This book attempts to portray President Eisenhower as more complicated than his public image (boring, unengaged), and particularly tries to credit him with much more activism in the civil rights arena. While the author's efforts make a case that Eisenhower was more engaged than is generally thought, he doesn't succeed in his stated aim. True, Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, when the Governor and the state actively opposed integration of the school system, but legally he ...more
Charles M.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Other presidents are often given credit for civil rights legislation and de-segregation of the American society. Eisenhower was actually the first modern era president to do so, during a period when racial unrest was just beginning. Yet another fascinating study of a great American...setting the record straight!
George
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A successful effort to defend President Eisenhower's record on civil rights.
Julie
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent discussion of Eisenhower's contribution to the Civil Rights movement.
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