Fundamentals of Nevada History
Nevada was admitted into the union in 1864 around the time Abraham Lincoln was up for reelection; Lincoln wanted to have Nevada in the Union, because Nevada was a predominately republican state and would help the nation pass the thirteenth Amendment, to abolish slavery also Nevada would help in the passage of landmark humanitarian legislation. Nevada was the second of the “Battle Born” states to be entered. The reasons for Nevada’s statehood were Political and not economic. Nevada also became an official state due to the fact of its territorial government and the amount of people living there. African Americans in Nevada were discriminated against in several different ways and never treated as full equals. Discrimination was in existence from the beginning, but didn’t really become major until around the 1930’s when the building of the Hoover Dam was starting and companies refused to hire African Americans, also in these times African Americans were not allowed the pleasure of gambling in casinos or even eating in restaurants. The U.S. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and also the Fair Housing act of 1968, none of these Acts were actually honored until around 1971 in the state of Nevada (Michael W. Bowers). Nevada was initially boomed at the discovery of gold and eventually silver and bauxite. When Nevada was just a territory games of chance were illegal. In 1869 the state legislature made games of chance legal. Assembly Bill 98 allowed for open gaming and allowing the gaming industry to rise and eventually boom in Nevada. The first four gaming license issued by the state were clubs and bingos located in Las Vegas. Eventually the state began to tax resorts and casinos based on revenue they were pulling in and now the gaming industry is a necessity to Nevada’s economy.
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