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The Law Information Institute (LII) explains:

 "A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. 
Discrimination occurs when the civil rights of an individual are denied or interfered with because of the individual's membership in a particular group or class. Various jurisdictions have enacted statutes to prevent discrimination based on a person's race, sex, religion, age, previous condition of servitude, physical limitation, national origin, and in some instances sexual orientation.
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
People often confuse civil rights and civil liberties. Civil rights refer to legal provisions that stem from notions of equality. Civil rights are not in the Bill of Rights; they deal with legal protections. For example, the right to vote is a civil right. A civil liberty, on the other hand, refers to personal freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights. For example, the First Amendment's right to free speech is a civil liberty."

See https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/civil_rights

Books, Documents, etc.

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Newspapers, Newsletters, etc.

See also our list of databases.


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Other Institutions


Legal Information Institute (LII)



National Archives (NARA)

National Park Service (NPS)

Smithsonian Institute (SI)


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