Grand Old Partisan commemorates the 1871 Civil Rights Act, third of three 'Enforcement Acts' to protect African-Americans from their Democrat oppressors. It was passed by the GOP-controlled 42nd Congress, then signed into law by Ulysses Grant on this day of April that year.
"Every person who under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, Suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable."
Pages 99-100 of Back to Basics for the Republican Party explain that the law also empowered the President to suspend habeas corpus in areas under assault by the Ku Klux Klan and other Democrat terrorist groups. In short order, federal troops and federal courts crushed the KKK, which would not re-emerge until 1915.
Alarmed by Democrat savagery, particularly in South Carolina, President Grant had requested the legislation. Senator John Scott (R-PA) headed a committee to investigate atrocities. Senator Ben Butler (R-MA) wrote the bill's first draft, and Representative Samuel Shellabarger (R-OH) wrote the final version. Key provisions remain in section 1983 of Title 42 of the United States Code.
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