Editors. "Civil Rights Act". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
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Over President Andrew Johnson's veto, Congress passes the act granting citizenship and civil rights to all persons born in the United States (except Indians) and providing for the punishment of those who violate those rights.