Civil Rights and Protests


What were the provisions of the Civil Rights Bill of 1875?

The U.S. Congress passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1875, prohibiting for the first time discrimination in places of public accommodation. The accommodations included theaters, public conveyances, and places of public recreation. The bill declared that every person in the United States was entitled to enjoy public accommodations whether or not he or she was ever in servitude. In 1883, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the law.


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