Ruling that key provisions in a federal civil rights law were unconstitutional, the Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment applied to state action only and that Congress lacked authority to prohibit discrimination by private individuals.
The Civil Rights Act of 1875
In a vigorous dissent, Justice John Marshall Harlan
Civil Rights Acts
Equal protection clause
Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States
Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co.
Moose Lodge v. Irvis
Race and discrimination