PBS NewsHour

How the Civil Rights Act changed America

Clip: 07/02/2014 | 8m 38s

Wednesday marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination based on race, ethnicity and sex. Gwen Ifill is joined by Todd Purdum to discuss his new book, "An Idea Whose Time Has Come," which tells the story of how the legislation came to be.

Aired: 07/02/14

Rating: NR

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