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Why did LBJ, a staunch segregationist, champion and sign the 1964 Civil Rights Bill?

"Why?" questions are particularly difficult to answer. It is not possible to stare into Johnson's soul, searching for motivation, from our vantage point more than fifty years later; instead we are ...
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Why did the population of Descartes, France increase by so much in the 1960's?

Based on this page from the French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, it appears that the neighbouring Balsesmes merged into La Haye-Descartes in 1966, before the combined commune was ...
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When Israel won the Six Day War, did they consider expelling all Arabs from the annexed territories?

There is no evidence they seriously considered expelling all Palestinians. The impracticality, illegality and negative publicity was self-evident, even if fringe elements entertained the fantasy. ...
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Why did Robert F. Kennedy loathe Lyndon B. Johnson?

Short Answer Robert Kennedy's dislike of LBJ dates back to before they even met (in 1953), and probably started with the latter's humiliating (for the Kennedy family) re-telling of the removal (in ...
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Was Nixon's Vietnam claim right before the 1968 election true?

Unless a particular Air Force General 'fesses up in an autobiography, the first question is unanswerable. On the second question, absolutely that was happening. It had been happening for years, ...
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Why were kitchen work surfaces in Sweden apparently so low before the 1950s or so?

Why were apparently kitchens so low in Sweden before the 1950s or so? This may be the same thing everywhere else as well. It's just that I have only heard it in Swedish context. Before the ...
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Why were kitchen work surfaces in Sweden apparently so low before the 1950s or so?

Three thoughts: I doubt that people somehow suddenly got significantly taller in Sweden in the first half of the 20th century. As a comment already points out, people did get substantially taller. ...
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When Israel won the Six Day War, did they consider expelling all Arabs from the annexed territories?

I'm not aware of any evidence that Israel considered mass expulsions from occupied territories in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War. As I understand it, the civilian populations would have been ...
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Why did LBJ, a staunch segregationist, champion and sign the 1964 Civil Rights Bill?

LBJ was a complex figure. He is described as having "uncommon ambition", easily discarding considerations such as ideology for the sake of advancing his career. As a Texas congressman and then Senator,...
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Why did LBJ, a staunch segregationist, champion and sign the 1964 Civil Rights Bill?

LBJ didn't flip. He was racist and only use the Civil Rights Act to further his power and his party's political power. LBJ said to Richard Russell, a fellow Democratic Senator from Georgia: These ...
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Why was Nixon never tried for treason for allegedly sabotaging the 1968 Peace Talks?

Johnson only accused him of Treason on internal White House tapes, not publicly. Johnson made a lot of "colorful exaggerations" on those tapes. That doesn't mean we should go checking to see if all ...
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What is this "d-mac" device?

That is the D-Mac Cartographic Digitiser, seen here in the 1968 Design journal (Issue 234): It seems the D-Mac Cartographic Digitiser was developed from an earlier device called the D-Mac Pencil ...
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Computer business in 1969

IBM started offering the "lease" option in the late 1960s, when leasing became popular in other industries. It seemed like a way to segment the market, but in so doing, IBM opened a window into their ...
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Why did LBJ, a staunch segregationist, champion and sign the 1964 Civil Rights Bill?

Why? Because from an egocentric point of view, LBJ became aware of situations that affected him and his (extended) "family". Please allow me to relate a specific anecdote to illustrate that LBJ's ...
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What's the history of the source of the slogan "power to the people"?

SHORT ANSWER The Black Panther Party (BPP), as suggested by the passage you cited, does seem to be the originator of this slogan in terms of the protests movements from the 1960s onwards, with 'all' ...
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Was Nixon's Vietnam claim right before the 1968 election true?

Wikipedia suggest the yearly trail capacity in 1968 was between 10000 (1964) tons, 81000 (1968 reserved offensive supplies) tons and 40000 (end 1970) tons. It usefully doesn’t specify which ton. The ...
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Is the position of women as portrayed in the Mad Men series historically accurate?

I worked as a clerk and secretary in downtown Toronto 1972 - 1980, in insurance, advertising, banking, and sales organizations. Women were treated like servants compared to men. It wasn't 'personal', ...
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Why is/was the world's expo 1967 so important to Montreal, Canada?

Being from Montreal but born in the seventies, I have not visited Expo 67, but I’ve heard a lot about it. Yes, my parents and their peers have always talked about this event with great pleasure and it ...
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When Israel won the Six Day War, did they consider expelling all Arabs from the annexed territories?

Really interesting documents and facts are brought here More pictures and information here Both sources describes people leaving on their own free will as a result of a war, some of it supported by ...
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Possible history behind photograph related to 1962 Sino-Indian War

I'd say, from the partial emblem on the front, that the aircraft was part of the USAF 322d Airlift Division (Combat Cargo) in 1962-3. According to this article the "[322 Air Division] sent a ...
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What does this 1960 West German political cartoon mean?

This a caricature (05:30) bei Vicco von Bülow, pen name Loriot. The title says "Bundesbürger 1960", and means 'West-German citizen 1960'. This man makes a Gratwanderung blindfolded. Gratwanderung ...
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During the Berlin Blockade, why didn't the people in West Berlin just go over to buy food in East Berlin?

Note that food was rationed at that time, not generally bought. Wikipedia says, emphasis mine: In response, starting on 1 August, the Soviets offered free food to anyone who crossed into East ...
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Who coined the term "Golden Age" in reference to musical theatre?

The earliest use of Golden Age with reference to musical theatre in general which I've been able to find is in this May 3rd 1977 New York Times review by Clive Barnes of a revival of The King and I ...
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Did airports have security checks before the 1970s?

This is a fair bit before my time, but the first two photographs at least seem quite reasonable. They're both technically from the 1970s anyway, and so doesn't contradict your impression. That said, ...
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What is this "d-mac" device?

I was a design engineer with Dobbie McInnes ending up as Chief Engineer for Digitising Systems at Ferranti Infographics, so I can comment on these pictures. The centre picture is of a mid 1960s CF ...
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Did Robert F. Kennedy call Police Review boards a "sinister movement against law enforcement" in the 1960's?

No. This question seems to be based on a misinterpretation of the text within the given quote. During the 1960s the FOP opposed the creation of police review boards, spearheaded by Robert F. Kennedy, ...
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Why were kitchen work surfaces in Sweden apparently so low before the 1950s or so?

The discovery that people work best at a waist-high workspace was one of the discoveries of efficiency experts working in factories in the late 19th century. It was brought to the kitchen by Christine ...
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Are there any first-person subjective reports from individuals exposed to Agent BZ?

Given that Agent BZ is currently a pharmacological tool, I'm confident that there are. Given that it is a pharmacological agent, I'm confident that most of the first person records are going to be ...
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