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Civil Rights Legislation. 

The Oxford Companion to United States History
Mark TushnetMark Tushnet

America's first civil rights legislation came during Reconstruction. The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments extended citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States, granted all citizens equal protection of the laws, and outlawed the denial of citizens' rights on the basis of race. Empowered by these amendments, Congress passed a civil rights act in ... ...

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