Press Release · Tuesday, March 20, 2001
March 20, 2001
National Archives Spring Prologue Features Articles on President Johnson and the Anniversary of the Korean War
College Park, MD. . .Throughout the summer of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson agonized over the fate of his campaign, even as he pushed through Congress the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most important pieces of legislation in several generations. He faced white backlash, especially in the South; unrest among African Americans in his own party; and an increasingly conservative Republican Party, led by Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater.
"The election of 1964 is considered by many to be the most racially polarized Presidential contest in modern American history. As such, it has been seen as a watershed in the evolution of our two-party system in recent times," writes Jeremy Mayer, assistant professor of political science at Kalamazoo College, in the Spring 2001 issue of Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives and Records Administration, in an article entitled "The Racial Politics of the 1964 Presidential Campaign: LBJ Fights the White Backlash."
Mayer draws heavily from documents and tape recordings of telephone conversations in the holdings of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, TX, one of ten Presidential libraries administered by the National Archives.
For more than 30 years, Prologue has been sharing with readers the rich resources and programs of the National Archives, its regional archives, and the Presidential libraries. From the First Continental Congress to the conflict in Vietnam, Prologue tells the story behind the story, revealing many intriguing and little-known details from our nation's past. In every issue, there are thought-provoking and entertaining articles-based on research in the National Archives' magnificent holdings-written by noted historians, archivists, and experts recognized in their fields. The Washington Post said, "Prologue . . . can be regarded quite literally as an invitation for further study. It is also consistently absorbing reading."
Also featured in the Spring Prologue is an article about a celebrated battle that occurred 50 years ago during the Korean War. In "Fix Bayonets," Albert Kapikian, a writer/editor on