Throughout my studies I have focused on African American history, so I consider myself somewhat of an expert up to the Civil Rights Act. My focus really is from about Reconstruction to the late 1960s. Having said that, one of my pet peeves, and honestly great disappointments in general history education, is that when I say Civil Rights you think of the 1960s right? Well yes, the Civil Rights Act did pass in 1964, with additional laws passed after up until the early 1990s. But the Civil Rights movement was not a 1960s movement! Its climax and culmination took place in the 1960s, but the movement really got its start after WWI, and built up a lot of its momentum in the post war era (1940s).
Now, I don’t want to lecture here, my question really is did you know this? What did you learn about the Civil Rights Movement and its roots?