Civil Rights Act of 1957

American civil rights law

The Civil Rights Act of 1957, Pub.L. 85–315, 71 Stat. 634, enacted September 9, 1957, was a law in the United States. The act did not create new rights. It was primarily a voting rights bill. It was the first civil rights law made by the United States Congress since Reconstruction following the American Civil War.

This act stated that all Americans had the right to vote, even African Americans.