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Civil Rights

This guide will assist you in finding online and print resources on civil rights.

Federal Law

Primary sources of the law, such as the Constitution, statutes, and court decisions all help to support a civil rights claim.  Below you will find a sampling of landmark Constitutional amendments, statutes, and cases that are frequently cited in civil rights litigation.

United States Constitution

Federal Statutes

  • Voting Rights Act amendments of 1970, Pub.L. 91–285, June 22, 1970, 84 Stat. 314.
  • Voting RightsAct amendments of 1982, Pub.L. 97–205, June 29, 1982, 96 Stat. 131

Supreme Court Decisions

School Desegregation

Affirmative Action

Voting Rights