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Unformatted text preview: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States 1964 I. Facts a. Title I I of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbade racial discrimination by places of public accommodation if their operations affected commerce. The Heart of Atlanta Motel in Atlanta, Georgia, refused to accept Black Americans and was charged with violating Title I I. b. The owner of the motel filed suit in federal court, arguing that the requirements of the act exceeded the authority granted to Congress over interstate commerce. In addition, the owner argued that the act violated his Fifth Amendment rights to choose customers and operate his business as he wished and resulted in unjust deprivation of his property without due process of law and just compensation. Finally, the owner argued that Congress had placed him in a position of involuntary rent available rooms to blacks, thereby violating his Thirteenth Amendment rights. c. In response, the United States countered that the restrictions in adequate accommodation for black Americans severely interfered with interstate...
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- Fall '09
- Civil Rights