Feb. 16, 2013
The World and Everything In It

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Hour A, Segment 3

Black History Month: The Civil Rights Act of 1875

This segment features reenacted speeches of three Congressman, given in support of passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. The law, passed by both the House and Senate in February 1875 and signed by President Grant, guaranteed equal treatment for black Americans in public accommodations and public transportation. It was ruled unconstitutional in 1883 by the U.S. Supreme Court.

You can read full texts of the speeches given by Representatives Robert B. Elliott (R-S.C.), Richard Cain (R-S.C.), and John R. Lynch (R-Miss.).

The speech reenactments heard in this segment are from the documentary Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black and White, produced by Wallbuilders.

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Feb. 16, 2013