FW: Resource: Civil Rights Documentation Project
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From: Cindy Koeppel [mailto:ckoeppel at dirksencenter.org]
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 1:34 PM
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Subject: Resource: Civil Rights Documentation Project
The landmark civil rights legislation of the mid-1960s has attracted
considerable scholarly attention, deservedly so. Much of the analysis of
this legislation has centered on the social and cultural conditions that
gave birth to such laws as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting
Rights Act of 1965.
As valuable as the emphasis on the civil rights movement has been, an
equally vital chapter has been neglected -- the story of the legislative
process itself. The Dirksen Congressional Center has posted a new
feature on "CongressLink" that provides a fuller accounting of
law-making based on the unique archival resources housed at The Center,
including the collection of then-Senate Minority Leader Everett McKinley
Dirksen (R-IL), widely credited with securing the passage of the bills.
The Civil Rights Documentation Project [
Intended to serve the needs of teachers and students, The Civil Rights
Documentation Project demonstrates that Congress is capable of
converting big ideas into powerful law, that citizen engagement is
essential to that process, and that the public policies produced forty
years ago continue to influence our lives.
The project takes the form of an interactive, Web-based presentation
with links to digitized historical materials and other Internet-based
resources about civil rights legislation created by museums, historical
societies, and government agencies. We hope to provide resources
teachers can use to create lesson plans and materials to supplement
their teaching of the legislative process, of recent American history,
and of the civil rights movement, among other social studies topics.
Take a look and please contact Cindy Koeppel at
mailto:ckoeppel at dirksencenter.org if you have any ideas or comments
about this new feature. We always value your feedback.
Did you know that in 1964 Everett McKinley Dirksen helped secure passage
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Take a look at some other highlights in
Dirksen's life: http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_emd_chron.htm.
The Dirksen Congressional Center
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: (309) 347-7113
Fax: (309) 347-6432
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