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Free Idea Book for Educators—The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom

From the Library of Congress and HISTORY®

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 transformed American society, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It also laid the groundwork for lasting debates about the nature of citizenship, the powers and responsibilities of government and the obligations of Americans to each other.

This far-reaching act, the conditions that led to it and its decades-long legacy are the subjects of a powerful new teaching resource from the Library of Congress and HISTORY®, part of the Idea Book For Educators series titled “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom.”

Inspired by the Library of Congress exhibition of the same name, the Idea book presents dozens of unique primary sources from the Library’s collections that illuminate the unjust laws and practices that preceded the act, coupled with teaching ideas that allow educators to prompt critical analysis and informed debate by their students.

In addition to photographs, posters and pamphlets that can immerse students in the world of the 1950s and 1960s, the Idea Book also features suggestions related to oral histories and provides links to oral history interviews of leaders and activists. The interviews are part of the Library’s American Folklife Center’s Civil Rights History Project.

The Idea Book is available from HISTORY® here (PDF).