Describe the causes and consequences of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights act of 1965


Civil Rights act of 1964 – which president signed this, what were the provisions of the act, how did this help Civil Rights (discrimination based on race and even gender)  from this point forward

The law was signed in by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This act ended segregation in public areas based on race, color, sex, , religion, and national origin. This law is “considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the civil rights movement.” This act helped the Civil Rights Movement based on race and gender by making it the law that one could not discrimination on these terms in public areas. It helped to move the movement forward in these aspects.

24th Amendment – what did the amendment stipulate, how did this help those with limited voting rights

The 24th Amendment was signed in 1962 and got rid of the poll tax during federal elections. This allowed for those who did not have as much money to still be able to vote in federal elections. It got rid of some of the limited voting rights for those who were allowed to vote in those federal elections. It brought more voters to the polls due to less of an expense when voting. Although this helped white voters, it did not help African Americans or protect black voting rights, as this Amendment inadvertently affected African American voters.

Voting Rights Act of 1965 – What were the provisions of the law, what ways did States try to go around this

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed this act on August 6, 1965 in order to “overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment”. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 gave African Americans the right to vote in the United States of America. It helped with the limited voting rights as it got rid of discrimination when voting, as it allowed African Americans to vote. Some African Americans were physically assaulted when trying to register to vote; some states would say that African Americans filled out the registration wrong in order to keep them from voting in the polls.


The information that I will take away from this standard is that Lyndon B. Johnson was making such active steps in order to make equal rights for African Americans a reality. He also made great advances in the rights of sex, religion, and national origin. It relates to today’s society in that discrimination in public areas was lessened back then, as was it during voting. This created Civil Rights advancement, allowing for today’s society to be more advanced in this society.


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