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The political backdrop of the story concerns President Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1965.  The legislation helped to put the force of the federal government behind the extension of the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution.  For years, these amendments had not been fully recognized as many states, particularly in the South, had used local interpretations of states' rights and federalist statutes to help deny the recognition of these amendments to benefit people of color, particularly African- Americans.  The President's message was regarding the signature of this historic piece of legislation, which represented one of the major attempts of the 1960s to ensure that all of America's citizens would be able to afford the rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

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