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Civil rights are those legal protections granted to citizens under the jurisdiction of the civil law of a state. They are distinguished from human rights in that they may be violated or removed, and they may or may not apply to all individuals living within the borders of that state.

Civil rights may include the right to vote, right to property, right to bear arms, right to free speech, right to associate, etc.

In 1964 civil rights workers Michael Schwerner[?], Andrew Goodman and James Chaney[?] were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. Their deaths shocked the United States' public and Congress and is one of the events that helped pass the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.


See also: civil rights movement, Civil Rights Act, civil rights history, US civil rights movement, civil disobedience, freedom, human rights, rights



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