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Civil Rights: Civil Rights Legal Background

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

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President Johnson signing Civil Rights Act of 1964

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 Rights Act amendments of 1982, Pub.L. 97–205, June 29, 1982, 96 Stat. 131

Supreme Court Decisions

School Desegregation

Affirmative Action

Voting Rights