The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

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After Lyndon Baines Johnson was inaugurated as the 37th President of the US, Johnson obtained a powerful influence in the Oval Office. Expanding upon President John F. Kennedy 's New Frontier programs, Johnson wanted to expand civil rights and wage war on poverty. More than fifty years later, the effects of the Great Society on American life can still be felt. Civil rights fell under the scope of Johnson 's Great Society programs. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a law that ended discrimination in the US at all levels of government. Without the Civil Rights Act of 1964, blacks and other people of color would not have the opportunity to run for political office, much less become President of the US: as did President Barack Obama. According to History.com (2015), "Under the Civil Rights Act, segregation on the grounds of race, religion or national origin was banned at all places of public accommodation, including courthouses, parks, restaurants, theaters, sports arenas and hotels. No longer could blacks and other minorities be denied service simply based on the color of their skin" (“Civil”). The Civil Rights Act of 1964 opened the door for widespread change and opportunity for blacks who, although emancipated by President Lincoln nearly a century earlier, were still subjected to brutal discrimination and segregation legally backed by the so-called Jim Crow laws; laws that were prevalent, especially in the South. With the stroke of a pen, Johnson effectively

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