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Civil Rights in the Shadow of Slavery: The Constitution, Common Law, and the Civil Rights Act of 1866

George A. Rutherglen


This book recounts the history of the nation's first civil rights act, from its passage in 1866 through its interpretation and reenactment in developments that reach the present day. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 created civil rights as we now know them, and it exercised a deep and continuing influence over the constitutional and statutory protection of these rights. Almost all of the controversy over civil rights, from the scope of federal prohibitions against private discrimination to the remedies available to victims of civil rights violations, finds its roots in debates over the act. These ... More

Keywords: civil rights, common law, constitutional law, congress, The Supreme Court, Civil Rights Act of 1866

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199739707
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George A. Rutherglen, author
University of Virginia