1862: Slavery is outlawed in the U.S. territories
THIS DATE IN HISTORY SLAVERY ENDED CIVIL RIGHTS STARTED
Congress enacted legislation that banned slavery in all current and future U.S. territories.
The law stated: ‘Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled.
That from and after the passage of this act there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in any of the Territories of the United States now existing, or which may at any time hereafter be formed or acquired by the United States, otherwise than in punishment of crimes whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.’
1964: Civil Rights Act is approved
The United States Senate approved the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with 73-27 votes.
After approval on July 2, President Johnson signed the bill into law. The law’s 11 sections prohibited discrimination in the workplace, public accommodations, public facilities, and agencies receiving federal funds, and strengthened prohibitions on school segregation and discrimination in voter registration.