The Struggle for Rights in America

Many documents at the National Archives illustrate how individuals and groups asserted their rights as Americans. Use this site to explore the topics of slavery, racism, citizenship, women's independence, immigration, and more.

Explore an entire exhibit devoted to "Records of Rights" at and in person at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C., where documents from the holdings of the National Archives illustrate how Americans have endeavored to define, secure, and protect their rights.

Cover Image: Voters at the “Sugar Shack” in Peachtree, Alabama, 1966

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