Understanding American History

American history is a fascinating subject. In this blog, readers can find all the information they need, from the earliest periods of the indigenous population to the most up to date facts. Exciting articles will cover the English colonization, how the various settlements expanded, political history, the Civil War, and the railroads' implementation. More recent history will be discussed, including World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Civil Rights Act, and terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Visitors to this blog will discover many interesting facts about American history.

History of the Civil Rights Act

21 Jun 2021

Gamers fighting for the legalization of online slots in their state probably only know half of what occurred during the Civil Rights Act.

Let’s examine one of the most historic periods of our country.

The American Civil War

Riding on the coattails of the deadliest battle fought on U.S. soil was a sliver of hope for human rights. General Robert E. Lee surrendered American Civil War Confederate pro-slavery efforts on April 9, 1865. The final surrender occurred on June 19, 1865, in Texas. Slavery in Delaware and Kentucky continued until the Thirteenth Amendment outlawed it on December 18, 1865.

The Civil War left an estimated 620,000 to 750,000 dead soldiers, countless civilian deaths, and southern states’ devastation. The Reconstruction era began once slavery ended, along with civil rights planning for the four million freed slaves.

The Early Civil Rights Acts

The American Civil War aftermath required safeguards for people of African descent born in or brought to the United States. The Civil Rights Act of 1865 claimed people born in the U.S. were legal citizens who could rent, own, buy and sell property. President Andrew Johnson vetoed the measure.

Congress attempted to pass the bill again in 1866, and again it was vetoed by Johnson. The opposition bantered that Congress did not hold constitutional power to enact the law. Congress managed to override the veto, making it law without the President’s approval.

The Fourteenth Amendment granting citizen rights and equal legal protection became law on July 9, 1868. The new law was not embraced, especially by Confederate states. States opposing the amendment were required to ratify as a means to regain seats in Congress.

A final Reconstruction Statute, the Civil Rights Act of 1875, was enacted guaranteeing equality for all. The measure prohibited refusal of accommodation and services based on race. The U.S. Supreme Court determined the act was unconstitutional in the 1883 Civil Rights Cases.

The human rights battle raged, and federal legislation revisited equality in the 1950s. The Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 promising voting rights had encountered snags. Regulations, poll taxes, and red tape stopped African Americans from casting votes.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower secured the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to protect voting rights for all citizens. Many southern state Democrats opposed this new law. U.S. riots, arrests, civil unrest, and protests persisted in the 1960s.

Civil Rights Heroes

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
  • Rosa Parks
  • Dorothy Height
  • John Lewis
  • James Farmer
  • A. Philip Randolph
  • Whitney Young
  • Roy Wilkins
  • Malcolm X

Rights at Last!

President John F. Kennedy presented the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 to Congress before his assassination. President Lyndon B. Johnson forged ahead, assuring the bill passed on February 10, 1964. Equality protection has expanded since 1964 to include:

  • American Indian Tribes
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Fair housing
  • Protection for individuals with disabilities
  • Women
  • Pregnant women
  • Families

Are you still fighting for the legalization of online slots in your state? Remember, the American Civil Rights Activists never gave up!

The Darkest Day: 9/11

12 Jun 2021

On September 11, 2001, the renowned twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and also the Pentagon in Washington DC were crashed into. The attack was conducted by Al-Qaeda terrorists who had hijacked commercial airlines for the purpose. 2996 people were killed, and over 25,000 were injured.

The American Civil War

6 May 2021

Started in 1861, the American Civil War was caused by the different politics of the northern and southern states. The Civil War ended after four years largely due to the Unions crucial win at the battle of Gettysburg resulting in the abolishment of slavery in the USA.

The Assassination of JFK

31 Mar 2021

John F. Kennedy was serving his first term as the 35th president of the United States when he was sadly assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in 1963. A former marine, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested for murder on the same day. However, to this day, the case is discussed, and conspiracy theories prevail.