Legislation Timeline

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  • Truman's Executive Orders

    Truman's Executive Orders
    U.S. President Harry S. Truman expanded on Executive Order 8802 by establishing equality of treatment and opportunity in the Armed Services for people of all races, religions, or national origins. The order also established a committee to investigate and make recommendations to the civilian leadership of the military to realize the policy
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  • Civil Rights Act of 1957

    Civil Rights Act of 1957
    This law was introduced in Eisenhower’s presidency and was the act that kick-started the civil rights legislative programme that was to include the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Eisenhower had not been known for his support of the civil rights movement. Rather than lead the country on the issue, he had to respond to problems such as in Little Rock.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1960

    Civil Rights Act of 1960
    Enabled federal judges to appoint referees to hear persons claiming that state election officials had denied them the right to register and vote. The act was ineffective and therefore it was necessary for President Lyndon B. Johnson to persuade Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act.
  • JFK's Executive Order

    JFK's Executive Order
    This was a set of 16 orders that John F. Kennedy had approved by Congress. Section six turns over the entire radio-frequency spectrum, both on the ground and air - and even "space satellites" - to the federal government. No emergency required.
  • 24th Amendment

    24th Amendment
    This law prohibits both Congress and the states from conditioning the right to vote in federal elections on payment of a poll tax or other types of tax. The amendment was proposed by Congress to the states on August 27, 1962, and was ratified by the states on January 23, 1964.Poll taxes appeared in southern states after Reconstruction as a measure to prevent African Americans from voting.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Civil Rights Act of 1964
    This was a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against blacks and women, including racial segregation. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public.
  • Voting Rights Act

    Voting Rights Act
    This was a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.