Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way


Sunday, October 6, 2013, 2:00pm


American Repertory Theater, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA

Bryan CranstonFeaturing Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Baines Johnson
Followed by a discussion on the play, LBJ, and civil rights with Alex Keyssar

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Read the Challenges to Democracy blog post about this event.

About the Speaker
Alex Keyssar is the Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy at the Kennedy School. His books include The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (2000 and 2009), which was named the best book in U.S. history by the American Historical Association and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history. Keyssar is also the author of an award-winning history of unemployment in the United States. In addition to his scholarly publications, he writes frequently for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Folha de Sao Paulo.

Reading List
The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (Alex Keyssar): “In The Right to Vote, Duke historian Alexander Keyssar explores the evolution of suffrage over the course of the nation’s history. Examining the many features of the history of the right to vote in the U.S. – class, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, and age – the book explores the conditions under which American democracy has expanded and contracted over the years.”

New York Times, The Strange Career of Voter Suppression (Alex Keyssar): “Conflict over exercising the right to vote has been a longstanding theme in our history. The overarching trend, which we celebrate, has been greater inclusion: property requirements were dropped; racial barriers were formally eliminated; women were enfranchised.”

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson (Robert Caro): Fourth installment of Caro’s biography on Johnson; “The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and most triumphant periods of his career – 1958 to 1964.”

Democracy, The President as Pugilist (Ronald Brownstein): “Robert Caro’s latest volume depicts Lyndon Johnson on the attack – and shows why his methods aren’t replicable today.”

The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell, and the Struggle for Civil Rights (Robert Mann): “In a “rich and engrossing” narrative (Philadelphia Inquirer) that is “filled with sparring and thrilling maneuvers” (San Diego Union-Tribune), Robert Mann brings to life the high-stakes political gamesmanship that led to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”

LBJ Presidential Library

All the Way with LBJ: The 1964 Presidential Election (Robert David Johnson): “All the Way with LBJ mines an extraordinarily rich but underutilized source – the full range of LBJ tapes – to analyze the 1964 presidential campaign and the political culture of the mid-1960s… The work’s themes – the impact of race on the political process, the question of politicians’ personal and political ethics, and the tensions between politics and public policy - continue to resonate.”