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Organized by causes of action, this comprehensive resource examines the primary federal civil rights statutes, and how courts have interpreted recent legislation, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Discusses traditional civil rights issues, such as the right to vote and property rights, along with more recently expanded areas of personal rights, which include Section 1983 actions, employment discrimination, and suits against state and federal personnel for violations of civil rights. Provides detailed coverage of such legal issues as: specific rights protected, proper plaintiffs, limitation periods, remedies and damages, pleadings and proof, defendants, and defenses.