Civil Rights and the Branches of Government Analytical Essay by Nicky

Civil Rights and the Branches of Government
Looks at the collective interaction of the three branches of the U.S. government in the steps that led up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
# 128571 | 875 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper describes the structure of the three branches of the federal government as defined by the framers of the U.S. Constitution. Starting with the upholding of the Supreme Court case "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas", the paper traces the battle for civil rights changes through the courts, the strong direction of the executive especially Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and the eventual passage of the Civil Rights Act by the legislative branch of government. The paper concludes that this act of Congress brought the civil rights issue in line with the ambitions of the judiciary and the executive branch.

From the Paper:

"Upon Kennedy's assassination in 1963, his vice-president and the formerly powerful Senate, Lyndon Baines Johnson demonstrated the way in which the two branches sometimes interact. In this case, he used his influence and power to apply pressure upon representatives to pass the bill. This dynamic, in fact, is perhaps most uniquely indicative of the way the branches interact with one another. Based upon the perception that a precedent had been established by the judicial branch in its striking down of any rationale for segregation, the executive branch, channeled through very different but equally instrumental personalities in Kennedy and Johnson."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Edwards, G.C.; Wattenberg, M.P. & Liberry, J.A. (2008). Government in America: People, politics and Policy. Brief Ninth Edition. New York: Pearson Longman.
  • Touro Law Center (TLC). (1954). Brown et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka et al. Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Online at <>.

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