Civil Rights Act 1964

To what extent did the mainstream Civil Rights Movement achieve a structural transformation of American society?

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Civil Rights Act 1964


  • Civil society groups, congress, president had a sophisticated dialogue about racial injustice and the 14th amendment
  • Foundation of a political myth that racial inequality, or a deficit of liberty, in comparison to other social groups, had been finally solved.
  • Set up a permanent council (EEOC) explicitly established for the purpose of enforcing and monitoring associated laws, and, furthermore, sensitively assessing contemporary needs for affirmative action, which has come to be controversial to some americans (


  • set a legal precedent for equal treatment in employment, a formal end to segregation
  • glib narrative of rights and equality (anodyne and inoffensive)
  • set up a lobby group for rights and equality in the USA
  • Unintended effect of exacerbating economic self-interest of white americans, who think they are threatened

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