Civil Rights Act of 1968

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Fair Housing Act

Legislation in the United States, passed in 1968, that prohibited discrimination in the sale or rental of a private home based on the buyer's or renter's race, religion, or national origin. The Act was later amended to include gender, ability, and families with children under its protected classes. Critics allege that it provides few enforcement mechanisms and discrimination still occurs. It is also called the Civil Rights Act of 1968. See also: Community Reinvestment Act.

Civil Rights Act of 1968

Expanded upon prior civil rights acts, especially the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act was passed one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. One improvement was the provision of federal solutions to aid in stopping discrimination. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 is also known as the Fair Housing Act. Additional information is available at the Web site of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division,www.usdoj.gov/crt/crt-home.html.

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The author admits that given his exemplary public career, which included support for the Civil Rights Act and the Open Housing Act, "the decision [on the prison furlough issue] should have been difficult for George Bush" (p.
Ronald Reagan had openly opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Open Housing Act of 1968, and had demonstrated his opposition to the fact if not the concept of integration.