Friday, April 9, 2010

April 9, 1866. Republicans pass 1st Civil Rights Bill.

On this date in 1866, the 1st Civil Rights Bill was passed.

"All persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall have the same right in every State and Territory to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, give evidence, and to the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of persons and property as is enjoyed by white citizens, and shall be subject to like punishment, pains, penalties, taxes, licenses, and exactions of every kind, and to no other."