civ'il rights'

(often caps.)
1. rights to personal liberty established by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and certain Congressional acts, esp. as applied to an individual or a minority group.
2. the rights to full legal, social, and economic equality extended to blacks.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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