The Waite Court (1874–88)

Racial Discrimination/civil Rights

How did Congress justify the Civil Rights Act of 1875?

The Thirty-Ninth Congress justified the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1875 as a necessary law to stamp out the incidents and badges of slavery and involuntary servitude imposed upon African Americans. Congress believed the law would help enforce two recently enacted constitutional amendments—the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery, and the Fourteenth Amendment, which attempted to give recently freed slaves the same general rights as white citizens.


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