Civil Rights 1964

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The passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with the accompanying Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibited discrimination in voting, and public facilities such as hotels and restaurants. Alongside their partnering creation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to enforce the ban on discrimination by sex, religion, and race in hiring, promoting, and firing in the workplace are the most significant events that have shaped America into the nation, it is today. Reasons, why they are such momentous pieces of legislation, are that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 officially outlawed the then common practice of segregating public accommodations such as public schools, libraries, beaches, movie theaters, theme parks, and even restaurants …show more content…
Moreover, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 officially guaranteed African-American citizens their Fifteenth Amendment right to suffrage, which had been denied to African-American men from the 1870’s and 1880 's on, according to the Constitutional Rights Foundations website, and African-American women since the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. African-Americans were denied enfranchisement through poll taxes, literacy tests, and racial intimidation by the Ku Klux Klan. Additionally, these two Acts led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, (also known as the Fair Housing Act of 1968), which prohibits discrimination in the housing market based on racial identity. This essay will cover how and why the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, are two of the most significant pieces of legislation, and how the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is still relevant to the present day, fifty-two years after being signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. How the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is still applicable in 2016 and beyond is through the end of segregated public facilities in The United States and the enforcement of the ban on discrimination in the workplace based on gender, race, and …show more content…
Johnson. Reasons, why they were such momentous pieces of legislation, are that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 officially outlawed the then common practice of segregating public accommodations such as public schools, libraries, beaches, movie theaters, theme parks, hotels and even restaurants by race, for integrated facilities. Furthermore, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also barred discrimination in employment based on gender, race, and religion, which were all factors that had been used to suppress certain groups, such as women from meaningful career opportunities, personal autonomy, and financial independence. Moreover, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 officially guaranteed all African-American citizens their Fifteenth Amendment right to suffrage, which had been denied to African-American men since the Southern Reconstruction period of the 1870’s and 1880 's, and African-American women since the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. African-Americans were denied suffrage through poll taxes, literacy tests, and racial intimidation by the Ku Klux Klan. Additionally, these two Acts led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, (also known as the Fair Housing

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