This 32-page issue of Insights includes:
Title VII: A Tale of Slow and Steady—But Unfinished—Progress
By Trina Jones
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination in the workplace. While forever altering the American employment landscape, and establishing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the act articulated goals still in progress.
Mexican American Education and the Civil Rights Act of 1964
By Rubén Donato and Jarrod Hanson
Despite including provisions against discrimination in education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 could not eliminate de facto discriminatory practices in parts of the United States. The fight for equality in Mexican American communities illustrates how additional legislation and individual advocacy was also necessary.
Civil Rights Act of 1964: Enduring and Revolutionary
By Steven D. Schwinn
It was not the first Civil Rights Act in U.S. history, but it was significantly different. It transformed areas of society unlike any other prior piece of congressional legislation. But was it constitutional?
Teaching Legal Docs: Understanding Injunctions
A quick guide to understanding what injunctions are, what types of injunctions are typically issued by courts, and how to read injunctions as legal documents.
Perspectives: What Is the Legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
What should we remember about the Civil Rights Act no, fifty years later? Contributors weigh in.
Law Review: “An Idea Whose Time Has Come”: Congress and the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The passage of the Civil Rights Act provides an inspirational example of bipartisan compromise in Congress.
Profile: Anthony Chavez
The grandson of Cesar Chavez (1927–1993) remembers how his grandfather worked to secure rights for farmworkers across the United States.
Learning Gateways: Is That Interstate Commerce?
Congress used its power under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964. What is this clause in the U.S. Constitution, and how has it been used by Congress? This lesson explores four U.S. Supreme Court cases from the past century dealing with the Commerce Clause.
Learning Gateways: Exploring the Effects of Title IX
This lesson uses a political cartoon to discuss sports programs in schools, provides background for students on Title IX, and asks them to consider the connection between federal funds, discrimination, and civil rights.
Learning Gateways: Equality in the Workplace
Students analyze race and gender-specific job advertisements from the 1960s and compare them to similar advertisements today in order to understand the legally mandated equal employment opportunities established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.