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African American Odyssey: Online Exihibition


This online exhibition by the Library of Congress includes books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings. It covers African American history, starting at slavery and ending with the civil rights era.

Americans with Disabilities Act - Department of Justice


Information and assistance from the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division: disability rights laws, design compliance guidelines, employment policy, mediation programs and more. There are many guides here covering common questions from business, law enforcement, city government and other entities.

Civil Rights in U.S. Life - Department of State


This page from the U.S. Department of State provides recent news about civil rights in U.S. life and culture. A news archive goes back to 2003. Note on the left side menu the links to related issues, documentary resources, timelines, and relevant U.S. agencies and organizations.

Civil Rights Resources at the National Archives


The National Archives holds many records related to civil rights and race relations, which are presented here with education resources. articles and bibliographies compiled by NARA archivists. Examples of records available online include the arrest records of Rosa Parks, surveys of black and white army soldiers in WWII, letters from Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King, Jr. and more.

Core Documents of Democracy


This site, provided by GPO Access, includes the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society, such as the Bill of Rights, the Constitution of the United States of America, and other legislative and legal information. Images of the original Constitution,

Department of Education Office for Civil Rights


The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (DOE OCR) enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. The agency resolves complaints of discrimination; they also provide technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the ...

Department of Justice Civil Rights Division


The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division was created for the purpose of enforcing federal statutes prohibiting discrimination, and for coordinating the enforcement efforts of other federal agencies. Cases and briefs are available here, as are reports to congress, testimony, executive orders and more.


This office oversees all military equal employment opportunity and affirmative employment programs. Links are provided to relevant legislation, to the military's various EEO programs, and to reports, surveys and studies on EEO issues. Note that the archives give access to more material and to statistics.

EEOC History: 35th anniversary, 1965-2000


This site from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission includes great coverage of U.S. Civil Rights history through a timeline of relevant legislation and executive orders, year-by-year agency highlights, interviews with former EEOC employees and more.


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)'s mission is to ensure equality of opportunity by vigorously enforcing federal legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment. The EEOC reviews, investigates and prosecutes charges of discrimination; it also monitors the federal sector employment discrimination program, provides funding and support to state and local Fair Employment Practices Agencies (FEPAs), and sponsors outreach and technical assistance programs.


The Civil Rights Program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigates allegations regarding violations of federal civil rights laws, such as hate crimes, police misconduct, and involuntary servitude/slavery.


The Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) works to create equal housing opportunities by administering laws that prohibit discrimination in housing; by managing assistance programs and grants, and by working with other federal agencies to propose and administer fair housing legislation. Materials for promoting fair housing are also found here.

National Council on Disability


The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting Americans with disabilities. NCD Publications cover all matters of policy issues affecting people with disabilities including employment and ho ...

OurDocuments.gov: 100 Milestone Documents


Ourdocuments.gov provides 100 milestone documents from American history including transcripts, images of the original documents and education tie-ins. Civil Rights documents found here include the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the Civil Rights Act.

"Passed by Congress June 13, 1866, and ratified July 9, 1868, the 14th amendment extended liberties ...


The United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) is an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding agency of the Executive Branch which investigates civil rights complaints. The University of Maryland's Thurgood Marshall Law Library maintains an online archive of the commission's historical publications.


This site provides a listing of Supreme Court cases on civil rights, further subdivided by specific issues such as affirmative action, desegregation, poverty law etc. Case listings include summaries, full text opinions and information about the justices; many also include audio files and transcripts of oral argument.

NOTE: the Oyez project is an educational project that is privately sponsored. To acces ...

United States Code Title 42: The Public Health and Welfare


Title 42 Chapter 21, "Civil Rights", contains the U.S. laws establishing civil rights. Note that Title 42 contains a number of related chapters, for example: Chapter 21 for the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Chapter 45 for Fair Housing.

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection Online Exhibit


This is an online exhibit of pamphlets, books and other artifacts held by the Library of Congress. Materials from the women's suffrage movement are searchable by author, title and subject. The National American Woman Suffrage Association included Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Smith Miller, and Mary A. ...


The National Register of Historic Places presents a travel itinerary focusing on places of significance to the civil rights era. For each site there is a description of its history, and visiting information. "Learn More" leads to an extensive bibliography of resources for adults and children about the civil rights era.