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.