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Congress and the First Civil Rights Era, 1861-1918

Jeffery A. Jenkins and Justin Peck


This book tells the story of the rise and fall of the First Civil Rights Era—which extends from 1861 through 1918, or the Civil War through the First World War—viewed through the lens of action in the U.S. Congress. During that time, the formal status of African-Americans in the United States shifted from slave to citizen and then to something in between. We explore how Republicans in Congress, aided by the political activism of black citizens in the states, used legal enactments to establish an inclusive, multi-racial democracy in the United States. We also explain why their efforts could not ... More

Keywords: Congress, civil rights, African Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226756226
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226756530.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffery A. Jenkins, author
University of Southern California

Justin Peck, author
Wesleyan University