49 years ago today, Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. A year earlier Sam Cooke released this song: “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.