Southern senator had told him it would cost him the presidential election
LBJ said "I'll pay it gladly"
Said that discrimination was completely unjust
"thats wrong. Adn there ought to be something to change that"
Had to overcome the longest filibuster in Senate history
passage owed to Kennedy -> won over Republican minority leader before his death
With the death of Kennedy, did not have to compromise as Johnson feared, so bill was not emasculated like Eisenhower's
a Johnson aide credits Johnson with it passing -> gave loads of his time and political capital to break the filibuster
Said the act would be Kennedy's best "eulogy"
Tried to win over southern whites by appealing to self-interest -> would mean the minorities would "get off our taxpayer's back"
Irving Berstein describes its passing as "a rare and glittering moment in the history of American democracy" -> significant
-gave the gov tools to end de jure segregation in the South
-prohibtied segregation in public places
-furthered school desegregation
-established an Equal Employment Comission (better than Kennedy's wanky one)
- did little to facilitate black voting or improve race relations
-said federal funding should not go to segregated schools -> but went to Chicago under Mayor Daley, still segregated