What is the Civil Rights Act of 1875 about?

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dbello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There was no Civil Rights Act in 1870 but in 1875, therefore I edited your question. However, please note that the 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870 which defines citizens' right to vote in section 1. In section 2 the amendment gives the Congress the power to enforce the amendment by further legislation. It is this part of the 15th Amendment that the 1875 Civil Rights Act was passed.  This legislation gave the federal government the potential for increasing its control in state affairs. With this increased federal power there were subsequently several Supreme Court cases involving the Constitutionality of the 1875 Act. It was finally declared unconstitutional because it hindered implementation of the 14th Amendment which was ratified in 1868.

eureta | Student

Oh okay, well according to my womens studies prof she wanted us to define the 1870 civil rights act..I think she messed up right?

myreec | Student

The Civil Rights Act of 1870 prohibited discrimination in voting registration based on race or color. In other words it allowed all men to register to vote.