The article presents the text of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1866. The act says that, as enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, all persons born in the United States, excluding those subject to a foreign nation, are declared citizens of the United States. Such citizen, it says, of every race and color, regardless of previous slavery or servitude, shall have the same rights in every state and territory of the U.S. Section two states that any person who subjects another person to the deprivation of these rights shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and be subject to specified punishments. Sections three and four give the courts and law enforcement officials the right to arrest and try any person who offends this law. Sections five through ten further define the enforcement of this law.