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Constitutional Law Keyed to Varat
Civil Rights Cases
Citation:109 U.S. 3, 3 S.Ct. 18, 27 L.Ed 835 (1883).
The Civil Rights Act of 1875 prohibited discrimination on the basis of race and set forth fines for private business owners who were found guilty under the Act. In five separate cases, Plaintiffs were found guilty under the Act after denying African Americans accommodations in their places of business. Plaintiffs brought suit, arguing the Act was unconstitutional because Congress did not have authority under the 13th and 14th Amendments to regulate private acts.
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