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date: 23 June 2024

Civil Rights. 

The Oxford Companion to United States History
Mark TushnetMark Tushnet

The concept of civil rights has changed dramatically since it first became a central idea in political discussions in the nineteenth century. Initially referring to a limited class of rights to which all people were entitled, the term has come to refer to a general guarantee against differential treatment in all areas of social life on the basis of what society deems to be an arbitrary grounds.... ...

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