Today in Legal History: Johnson Signs Civil Rights Act

As we celebrate our independence on this day, let us remember those that were not considered worthy of independence at the creation of our Constitution. By and large, African slaves, Native Americans, and even women were a forgotten afterthought in our nation’s struggle for independence and in the creation of it’s form of government. The “deals with the devil” contained within the Constitution (Rendition Clause, etc) were one of the main reasons southern states eventually ratified the Constitution. Thus, our new nation set a path of inequality. While legislation like the CRA of 64 removed some of the inequalities, many still remain today. But, let’s remember the historic fight to establish equality for all races and creeds in our nation. They are worthy of celebration on our nation’s independence day. Everyone have a great and safe day!