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The Civil Rights Act


Equal treatment of all Americans, regardless of race, was a major debate for decades in the U.S. Congress. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy urged Congress to take action.
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17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Direct Election of U.S. Senators


Americans did not directly vote for senators for the first 125 years of the Federal Government. The first proposal to amend the Constitution to elect senators by popular vote did not gain considerable support until the late 19th century when several problems related to Senate elections had become evident.
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