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Civil Rights Framework


In 2000, Congress directed the National Park Service to prepare a nationwide study of the story of American civil rights. Completed in January 2002 (rev. 2008), Civil Rights in America: A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites, represents the first chapter in a larger study on the history of civil rights that will help the National Park Service evaluate proposals for new units in the park system. The National Park Service is proceeding with more detailed studies of additional chapters in the civil rights story by evaluating the long history of issues regarding equal access to public accommodations, housing, employment, and voting rights. Three volumes in the series are currently available:


The National Park Service also has a website about the history of the civil rights movement.