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When Did the Civil Rights Movement Begin? Reconstruction & the Civil Rights Act of 1875

Today, Mary looks at an image from the Reconstruction era that challenges us to reconsider what we mean when we say “the civil rights movement.” Typically, if someone says, "Civil Rights Movement," we think of the 1950s and 1960s, but does the story go back further? Similarly, if someone mentions “the civil rights act” we think of the landmark legislation in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But this isn’t the only civil rights act to date nor is it the first.

Explore the 13th Amendment, 14th Amendment, and 15th Amendment (Reconstruction Amendments), the Civil Rights Act of 1875, and other primary sources surrounding the era or reconstruction and the continuous work to achieve civil rights for black Americans.

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