The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed racial discrimination in hotels, motels, cinemas and restaurants, and encouraged the desegregation of schools. However, it did not abolish the literacy tests that prevented some people from voting. African American civil rights activists discuss the difficulties that they faced in their efforts to register to vote.

First broadcast:
4 November 2008

Discuss to what extent the Civil Rights Act was enforced, using cases and testimony from different states. Investigate the effect of the bill on the USA’s political parties. Did the act’s introduction change voting patterns and support in the South?