Civil Rights Act of 1875 Law and Legal Definition

The Civil Rights Act of 1875 was a federal law enacted by Congress that prohibited discrimination in public accommodations. The Act guaranteed everyone, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude, same treatment in public accommodations. Public accommodations include inns, public conveyances on land or water, theaters, and other places of public amusement.

Since Congress had no power to regulate the conduct of individuals , the U.S. Supreme Court declared the act as unconstitutional in 1883.