On April 9, 1866, the US Congress passes the Civil Rights Act, granting citizenship and equal rights to Black Americans.

 

 

Reference: http://spartacus-educational.com/USAcivil1866.htm

Harper’s Magazine, November 2000, Does America Owe a Debt to the Descendants of its Slaves?,in Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations(ed. Raymond A. Winbush, PhD 2003) at p. 106

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