Use this American Government by the People video entitled Equal Rights Under the Law to understand how government works and to study how Americans are committed to equality, an elusive term, with most support for equality of opportunity, some for equality of starting conditions, and some for equality of results. Learn about how progress in securing civil rights for African-Americans was a long time in coming. After the Civil War the national government briefly tried to secure some measure of protection for the freed slaves and to enforce the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments and the civil rights laws passed to implement them. But when federal troops withdrew from the South in 1877, the national government withdrew from the field and blacks were left to their own resources. Not for nearly a century did the national government take action to prevent racial segregation and discrimination against blacks.
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