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With the end of the Civil War in 1865, legal slavery came to an end in the United States. After reconstruction in the mid-1870s, particularly in Southern states, laws were established that deprived African American citizens of these same rights, and enforced segregation in housing, education and other domains of life. These new regulations were known as Jim Crow laws. During this period, racial discrimination was commonly found in the North as well. Despite this, a legal and political movement for civil rights challenged these discriminatory laws and practices throughout the first half of the twentieth century. The 1963 March on Washington marked a watershed for this growing movement social movement. This exhibit explores the background, passage, and legacy of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, with particular emphasis on conditions in Delaware.

This exhibition was originally on display in the first floor Information Area of Morris Library from February 4-July 11, 2014.

Tags: United States. Civil Rights Act of 1964; Civil rights; Delaware