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Civil Rights and African American History

An overview of government publications, by department or agency, related to civil rights and African American history

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"The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. The National Archives was established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, but its major holdings date back to 1775. They capture the sweep of the past. NARA keeps only those Federal records that are judged to have continuing value—about 2 to 5 percent of those generated in any given year. All of these materials are preserved because they are important to the workings of Government, have long-term research worth, or provide information of value to citizens." from,

Once again, NARA contains millions of documents across all subject areas, however, the publications on this page deal with civil rights issues or the history of African Americans in the United States.

400 Years of African-American History Commission Act

African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017

Harlem Hellfighters Congressional Gold Medal Act:in Recognition of Their Bravery and Outstanding Service during World War I

Black family research : records of post-Civil War federal agencies at the National Archives

African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017

Federal records pertaining to Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954)

Federal records relating to civil rights in the post-World War II era