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Civil Rights Bill

Following the Civil War, the so-called Civil Rights Amendments (13th, 14th, and 15th) were passed, making slavery illegal, extending citizenship to all races and granting all citizens the right to vote. Despite these amendments, Jim Crow laws led to the de facto exclusion of African Americans from the democratic process. During the modern American Civil Rights Movement, the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960 were passed, but like their predecessor the Civil Rights Act of 1875, lacked political teeth and were not enforced. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were federally enforced and rendered concrete the promise of the Civil Rights Amendments.

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America's Chief Moral Dilemma

Dr. King's address to the Hungry Club highlights an array of issues that relate to America's "Moral Dilemma." Dr. King explains the three major evil dilemmas that face the nation: war, poverty, and racism.

Importance of the Public Accommodations Section of the Civil Rights Bill

This document features a story of a white civil rights worker who was fined and sentence to jail because she sought to eat with her Negro friends in a restaurant in Atlanta.

People to People: A Choice and a Promise

Dr. King addresses the idea that American people of all races have a choice to make this nation a great society.

The Negro Speaks

Several prominent African Americans describe the issues that plague the black community. Some of these issues include poverty, segregation, civil rights and race relations.