Today in History
April 09, 1866
Civil Rights 1860s-Style
On April 9, 1866, Congress passes the Civil Rights Act over the veto of President Andrew Johnson. It declares that all persons born in the United States, of every race, without regard to previous condition, are citizens. Anyone denying the rights of citizenship, it declares, is guilty of a misdemeanor. A predecessor to the Civil Rights Act of the 1960s, the 1866 act is undermined by the activities of the Ku Klux Klan and by the government's failure to enforce it.
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