The Civil Rights Act Of The United States

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As the American political landscape continued its transformation from generation to generation, the focus of the era was on the best possible implementation of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, and the interpretation of its language. This focus became a clear codified interpretation in 1990, following the same strain of thoughts as the Civil Rights Act of the 1960’s, advocates of the disabled community lobbied for the equal protections that had been previously granted to racial minorities. In subsequent acts, the disabled constituency had gained protections in 1973 with the amendment of the Fair Housing Act and again in 1988 with the Rehabilitation Act. The final step for equal protections came in 1990 under the 101st Congress, where Democratic Iowa senator Tom Harkin sponsored the Americans with Disabilities Act, then signed by President George HW Bush. This landmark legislation affected a positive change on the 54 million Americans living with disabilities in the United States at that time, which has now risen to 56.7 million people, at 19% of the population in the last census. Therefore, of this figure, 30.6 million “had difficulty walking or climbing stairs, or used a wheelchair, cane, crutches or walker.” (Bernstein, 2012) The goal at the time was to equalize the protections the law offered to the peoples of this demographic group. Since its introduction, several amendments to its language were added to keep it up to date with the changing…
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