The Passage Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Essay

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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 by race, for integrated facilities. Furthermore, it 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. (DigitalHistory, pg. 3329). 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,…

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