The Waite Court (1874–88)

Racial Discrimination/civil Rights

What did the 1875 Civil Rights Act prohibit?

The 1875 Civil Rights Act sought to prohibit unlawful discrimination in places of public accommodation, including inns, hotels, railroads, and theaters. Section 1 of the law provided: “That all persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of inns, public conveyances on land or water, theaters, and other places of public amusement; subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law, and applicable alike to citizens of every race and color, regardless of any previous condition of servitude.”


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