1866 Civil Rights Law

Civil Rights Act of 1866

This was the first federal law in the United States to give all citizens equal protection under the law. The implications for language policy are that if all citizens are equal under the law, then all would be able to benefit from public school education. “It was mainly intended, in the wake of the American Civil War, to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent born in or brought to the United States.”  [Source]