The most comprehensive
piece of anti-discrimination legislature
that the United States
has ever come up with.
It was first proposed by John F. Kennedy in 1963 but he was unable to get it through Congress (one of the problems Kennedy was plagued with throughout his short time as president.) Lyndon Johnson finally pushed it through into law in 1964.
What It Says
The act was immediately protested by segregationalists in the South and led to a wave of violence and broader support for pro-segregation politicians.