Vanderbilt Law Review


David L. Rose

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As we near the twenty-fifth anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an assessment of equal employment opportunity law is both natural and appropriate. Prior to 1964, the federal government had imposed equal employment opportunity obligations on itself as well as its contractors and subcontractors. And Title VII of the Act,which mandated such obligations, did not become effective until July 2,1965. Yet the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was the first comprehensive legislation to address the problems of discrimination in American society, became the cornerstone of modern civil rights law, including equal employment opportunity law.The leaders in the struggle to adopt the Civil Rights Act have largely passed from the public scene, and a new generation has reached adulthood with little knowledge of the conditions that called for its adoption. The time is ripe for review.