Wilderness and Civil Rights 50 Years Later: Recognizing the Ties of Race and Place

September 3, 2014 9:55 PM

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After years of pressure from America's conservation groups, the wilderness bill went through 66 revisions and 18 hearings before being passed with overwhelming support in Congress -- and becoming the Wilderness Act, signed into law on this day a half century ago.

Just two months earlier, the 88th Congress had also passed another landmark piece of legislation -- the Civil Rights Act. Most Americans rarely think of these laws together. Yet we'd all do well to if we are to understand this society -- for preserving wild lands and putting an end to Jim Crow segre...

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