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How have American presidents affected civil rights? How have American presidents affected civil rights?

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Well, the most obvious answer to this question would involve mentioning Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and other personalities and events of the second half of the nineteenth century. Of course, all the specific references I have just made are subjects of great controversy and dispute (as is almost anything worth discussing).

I've often found that a good way to get a useful initial overview of any topic is to consult a good annotated bibliography.  For example, you may want to consult

Civil rights and liberties in the United States, an annotated bibliography. With a selected list of fiction and audio-visual materials collected by Albert A. Alexander and Virginia H. Ellison.

However, this was published in 1962 and is inevitably out of date.

A more recent study that seems relevant to your question is Steven Shull's American Civil Rights Policy from Truman to Clinton (2000).

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