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Rights and Freedoms: Civil Rights Act 1964

Year 10 Mandatory History

Resources in Accessit

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS..

World Book- ebook

A history of the African American civil rights movement, based on primary source documents and other historical artifacts. Log in and search civil rights.

Civil Rights Act1964

You Tube

An edited and enhanced compilation of a Universal Newsreel and archival photos from the time period summarize basics of the 11 titles that comprised the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The 1964 Civil Rights Bill was the most significant piece of legislation in 20th century US history - this video explains the background to civil rights strife during the 1950s and 1960s, and outlines how the bill was eventually passed.

Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Congress passes the most sweeping Civil Rights Bill ever to be written into law. Five hours after the House votes on the measure, President Johnson signs in into law before an audience of legislators and Civil Rights leaders at the White House. He calls it "a turning point in history" and uses a hundred pens to affix his signature. Following tradition the pens are distributed by the President to government leaders and other notables present including the Reverend Martin Luther King, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey and Everett Dirksen.


The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the civil rights movement

Britannica Online


Civil Rights Act, (1964), comprehensive U.S. legislation intended to end discrimination based on race, colour, religion, or national origin. It is often called the most important U.S. law on civil rights since Reconstruction