Civil Rights Act
The Real Story Behind “Because of Sex”
by Rebecca Onion
One of the most powerful phrases in the Civil Rights Act is often viewed as a malicious joke that backfired. But its entrance into American law was far more savvy than that, led by Representative Martha Griffiths.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
What ‘Because of Sex’ Really Means
Beneath the verbal jousting, the Court expressed dueling views of sexual orientation and gender, and how society should assess them.
SOURCE: Washington Post
October 8, 2019
The Supreme Court must extend the Civil Rights Act’s protections to LGBTQ employees
by Katherine Turk
It shouldn’t be legal to fire somebody for their sexual orientation or gender identity.
SOURCE: The North Star
Reflecting On The Civil Rights Act’s Anniversary With James Baldwin
by Lindsey R. Swindall
Much like the time in which Baldwin wrote, we are living through a period of deep political division and social crisis framed by global discord.
The Long and Despicable Roots of Voter Suppression and Similar Tactics
by Frank Palmeri and Ted Wendelin
They go back to the very origins of the country when the white South sought to dominate politics.
SOURCE: The Eagle
Race and the U.S. are inseparable for writer and historian Jelani Cobb
Cobb sees a connection (though not cause and effect) between Donald Trump’s candidacy and Dylan Roof’s murder of 9 black churchgoers.
Robert Caro Gives LBJ More Credit than He Deserves for the Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957
by Irwin F. Gellman
American history needs to be rewritten to give credit to the Eisenhower administration.
SOURCE: The New Republic
The New Racism
by Jason Zengerle
This is how the civil rights movement ends.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
How women got in on the Civil Rights Act
by Louis Menand
The Sex Amendment
CBS features in-depth coverage of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights law
CBS News looks back at the fight against segregation, and the continuing struggle for equal rights.
Veteran Journalists Discuss the Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
While many are familiar with the tumultuous public debate that surrounded the passage of the Civil Rights Act, perhaps less is known about the legislative side of the story.
SOURCE: The Morning News
The Bill of the Century: The birth of the Civil Rights Act (1964)
by Clay Risen
“The Senate now stands at the crossroads of history, and the time for decision is at hand.”
For Obama Presidency, Lyndon Johnson Looms Large
The 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is a painful reminder to President Obama that Lyndon B. Johnson might have been the last president able to push through such sweeping legislation.
SOURCE: The Daily Princetonian
Julian Zelizer takes students to see Cranston play LBJ
“There are different ways to learn about history; you could learn about it through textbooks, you could learn about it through lectures, you could learn about it through a senior thesis, but another way to learn about history is through popular culture.”
SOURCE: The New Republic
The Civil Rights Act Was Not As Important As You Think
by Michael Kazin
It was what came after that changed everything.
SOURCE: Charlotte Observer
Mary C. Curtis: Is North Carolina Moving Backward on Civil Rights?
Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning multimedia journalist in Charlotte, N.C., has worked at The New York Times, Charlotte Observer and as national correspondent for Politics Daily. Follow her on Twitter: @mcurtisnc3CHARLOTTE – North Carolina has never had a problem bragging about its progressive history. In 1960, when George Wallace was formulating the hard-line segregationist stand that would propel him to multiple terms in the Alabama statehouse, North Carolina was electing as its governor Terry Sanford, who was an advocate of education, an opponent of capital punishment and took moderate but definite steps toward integration – at the time a risk in the South.In the early 1970′s, Mecklenburg County liked to contrast pictures of the relative calm that greeted its busing of students to achieve school integration with the violence and vandalism up North in Boston’s busing battles.And 50 years ago, in May 1963, a year before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation in public accommodations, Charlotte leaders — black and white — paired up for two-by-two integration of restaurants, called “eat-ins,” a name that played off the “sit-ins” of three years before at a Greensboro, N.C., Woolworth’s counter....
What's Still Missing From the Gun Control Debate
by Jim Sleeper
Behind the gun control debate lies a deeper one that we need to have. It would show that the danger to our freedom isn't coming from government censors and conspiracies but from marketing sensors that are bypassing our brains and hearts on the way to our gut instincts and wallets.
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