Civil Rights in the United States

  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    The 13th Amendment officially outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude, helping to expand civil rights. It was the first of three Reconstruction Amendments after the Civil War.
  • 14th Amendment

    The 14th Amendment granted citizenship to all persons born in the United States.
  • 15th Amendment

    The 15th Amendment prohibited the United States from denying a citizen the right to vote based on their race. This helped expand civil rights because it pushed for colored people being able to vote.
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Plessy vs. Ferguson is a landmark United States Supreme Court decision in the jurisprudence of the United States, upholding the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation in public facilities under the doctrine of "separate but equal." It allowed segregation, but it pushed for black schools, restrooms, buses, etc. having the same conditions white schools, restrooms, buses, etc. had.
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    The 19th Amendment prohibited any United States citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex. It helped give women the equal oppurtunity to vote.
  • Executive Order of 1948

    Executive Order of 1948
    The Executive Order of 1948 abolished racial segregation in the armed forces. It was issued by President Truman. It expanded civil rights by outlawing segregation not only in public, but in the countries army as well.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education

    Brown vs. Board of Education
    The Brown vs. Board of Education was a landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.
  • Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat

    Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat
    Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement". She refused to giver up her seat for a white passenger. She became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement and helped impact the civil rights issue.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a political and social protest campaign that started in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, United States, intended to oppose the city's policy of racial segregation on its public transit system.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1957

    The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was the first civil rights legislation enacted by Congress in the United States since Reconstruction following the American Civil War. It aimed to ensure that all African Americans could excersise their right to vote. It helped expand civil rights by increasing the number of registered black voters.
  • 24th Amendment

    The 24th Amendment prohibited both Congress and the states from conditioning the right to vote in federal elections on payment of a poll tax or other types of tax.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed major forms of discrimination against African Americans and women, including racial segregation. This act helped reduce the huge amount of segregation in the United States, especially in the South.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1968

    The Civil Rights Act of 1968 was a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or national origin.