Cimone :)
09/14/2009 12:27

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241, July 2, 1964) was a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that outlawed racial segregation in schools, public places, and employment. Conceived to help African Americans, the bill was amended prior to passage to protect women, and explicitly included white people for the first time. It also created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In order to circumvent limitations on congressional power to enforce the Equal Protection Clause imposed by the Supreme Court in the Civil Rights Cases, the law was passed under the Commerce Clause, which had been interpreted by the courts as a broad grant of congressional power. Once the Act was implemented, its effects were far reaching and had tremendous long-term impacts on the whole country. It prohibited discrimination in public facilities, in government, and in employment, invalidating the Jim Crow laws in the southern U.S. It became illegal to compel segregation of the races in schools, housing, or hiring. Powers given to enforce the bill were initially weak, but were supplemented during later years.

09/16/2009 14:11

To enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the “Civil Rights Act of 1964”.

09/16/2009 21:18

Andrew Murphy
09/22/2009 10:45

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was made to make segregation illegal. Black and White people could go to the same schools, black people did not have to pay unfair taxes, etc. It was enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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Andrew Murphy
09/22/2009 11:09

I would like to comment on Totis video.

I think it is very educational and I really learned a lot from it. But I could not really understand what the people were saying because they were talking very fast.

Andrew Bates
09/24/2009 08:06

I think the video Ruben picked helps explain this topic very well.


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