One-Day Seminar: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 hosted by Middle Georgia RESA (Held Online)
October 29, 2020 @ 3:45 pm - March 25, 2021 @ 5:45 pm
World War II brought African Americans closer to the mainstream of American life than ever before. Many found jobs in defense industries; others served in the still segregated military. In the 1950s, African Americans and their allies organized a movement to gain full civil rights. Boycotts of white businesses, public transportation, and marches fueled the movement. Faced with continuing discrimination and rising protests, President John F. Kennedy decided to support a new civil rights law 1963. Opponents objected to various provisions, in the proposed bill, including equal access to public accommodations, and what they believed was its unconstitutional extension of federal power. When Lyndon Johnson became president following Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, he pushed for the new law, in part as a memorial to Kennedy.
Teaching American History seminars provide teachers an opportunity to explore themes in American history and government through the study of original historical documents (found here). Each Seminar is designed as a conversation among peers in which classroom teachers are active participants in learning, led by a scholar/expert in the topic of the day.