Resources from The Library of Congress on The Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom is an exhibit which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Library of Congress website that has a wealth of information, including a rich multimedia library. According to the website, “the social, legal, and political forces that battled discrimination for decades won a major victory with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—the most significant piece of U.S. civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. With eleven sections, the act prohibited various types of discrimination in voting, public accommodations, public facilities, public education, federally-funded programs, and employment. It was a culmination of civil rights advocates’ efforts to gain federal protection for the basic citizenship rights of African Americans.” Take some time to click around, experience the exhibit and share with your students!

Learn more about:

• The Segregation Era (1900–1939)
• World War II and Post War (1940–1949)
• Civil Rights Era (1950–1963)
• The Civil Rights Act of 1964
• Immediate Impact of the Civil Rights Act

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