Great Senate Debates

Great Senate Debates: The Civil Rights Act of 1964


Civil Rights Excerpt

The United States Senate has long been the scene of some of this nation’s most important oratory. The Institute brings these decisive deliberations to life in its newest program, Great Senate Debates. Blending live performance with historic film footage and archival images, this inspiring 20-minute program looks at the context and importance of crucial turning points in Senate history, and reflects on their impact to our lives today.

Great Senate Debates: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 tells the story of how a divided government body crafted and passed one of the most consequential pieces of legislation in the 20th century in the midst of racial violence and in the immediate aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

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