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Civil Rights History

Welcome to FindLaw's Civil Rights History section, with an assortment of articles and resources covering the history of America's civil rights laws and the stories behind their passage. While civil rights are not a new concept, the statutory protection of civil rights didn't come about until the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which has been amended and expanded since. This section includes articles about the history of U.S. relations with American Indians, information about access to public accommodations, and major U.S. Supreme Court cases that have shaped civil rights law. Also included is a timeline of events and an overview of civil rights as applied to education.

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