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On September 22, 1862, President Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Read the document at goo.gl/IvCL9R.

Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (1862)

Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (1862)

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President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor to the United States Supreme Court. On September 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination (99-0). Take a look at the Congressional Record– http://goo.gl/WnRvev.

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Sandra Day O’Connor being sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice

She became the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

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On September 20, 1845, President James Polk nominated Levi Woodbury to the United States Supreme Court. According to the Supreme Court Historical Society, he was the first Associate Justice to attend law school. He attended Tapping Reeve Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut. Learn more about the school at https://goo.gl/vZl2fF.

Levi Woodbury

Levi Woodbury

Justice Woodbury served on the court until 1851. You’ll find his bio at https://goo.gl/GrqyG2.

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On September 19, 1907, Lewis F. Powell Jr. was born.  From 1972-1987 he served on the United States Supreme Court.

Lewis F. Powell Jr.

Lewis F. Powell Jr.

Learn more about Justice Powell at http://goo.gl/6cnsSi.

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On September 18, 1975, the FBI arrested Patricia Hearst, the granddaughter of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, for her participation in a bank robbery. She claimed that kidnappers from the Symbionese Liberation Army (“SLA”) brainwashed her– causing her to engage in criminal activity– but she was nonetheless convicted, and sentenced to prison. However, President Carter commuted her sentence; and President Clinton pardoned her. You can listen to a news report from the day of her arrest at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15BsCarHO3w. There’s also an interesting documentary, Guerrilla- The Taking of Patty Hearst, that delves into Hearst’s kidnapping, and the aftermath.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated between September 15 and October 15. During this month we reflect on the countless contributions Hispanic Americans have made to this country. Learn more at goo.gl/A1MB7u.

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On September 15, 1857, the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the 27th President was born. Learn more @ goo.gl/GNZmBO and goo.gl/MCIz1y.

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On September 14, 1921, Constance Baker Motley was born in New Haven, Connecticut.  In 1966, when President Johnson appointed her to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, she became the first African-American woman to serve as a federal judge.

Judge Constance Baker Motley

Judge Constance Baker Motley

Learn more about this trailblazing jurist at goo.gl/UJoxoF.

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On September 13, 1948, Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the United States Senate (after serving four terms in the House of Representatives). She became the first woman elected to both houses of Congress. All told, she was a member of Congress for thirty-two years.

Margaret Chase Smith

Margaret Chase Smith

Learn more at https://goo.gl/1yXVPz and goo.gl/vtHxTB.

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Today is Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. We honor those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Learn more about 9/11 at https://goo.gl/h4Pz0c.

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President Madison nominated Joseph Story to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court for over 33 years until his death on September 10, 1845.  He’s probably best remembered today for his opinion in the Amistad case.  The Supreme Court was asked to determine whether free Africans kidnapped for the slave trade were “property” or free men and women.  Justice Story wrote the opinion for the Court finding them to be free.

Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Joseph Story

Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Joseph Story

This historical event has probably become more widely known since Steven Spielberg’s 1997 movie of the same name.  The movie tracked the plight of those kidnapped and the court proceedings leading up to, and including, the Supreme Court (albeit with artistic license).  I recommend you watching it.  See also https://goo.gl/m4Z8b.

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On September 9, President Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The Act established a Commission to investigate whether persons were being denied their voting or equal protection rights under the law because of their race, color, religion or national origin.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower signing into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957

You can read the Act and learn more at https://goo.gl/jUiGxn.

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On September 8, 1974, President Ford pardoned former President Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office. Ford cited his authority to do so pursuant to Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. He explained his reasoning in a speech to the nation which you’ll find here– http://goo.gl/JHsH4a. You can take a look at Ford’s Proclamation at https://goo.gl/tnCKFy.

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There’s an excellent documentary on HBO—“Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words.” The film delves into Nixon’s presidency, including how he purposely misled the public when he spoke about potential Supreme Court nominees. Supposedly, at least two women were under serious consideration, however, Nixon stated in a (recorded) private conversation that he wasn’t anxious to have a female on the highest court.

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On September 7, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (the “FECA”). The law was enacted to provide compensation for federal employees injured on the job.

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

Learn more at https://goo.gl/meX6ZC.

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A Fascinating Fact About the City of Madison

Many streets in Madison, Wisconsin, are named after the signers of the United States Constitution.  Learn more at https://goo.gl/iGxMEy, and take a tour of some of the fabulous legal sites there at https://goo.gl/t2Umxu.

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President George W. Bush nominated John G. Roberts, Jr., initially, to fill retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat on the United States Supreme Court. However, after Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist passed away, on September 5, 2005, President Bush nominated him as the next chief justice. The Senate confirmed his nomination and John Roberts became the 17th chief justice of the court.

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To learn more about Chief Justice Roberts listen to http://goo.gl/sXs5DZ, and watch this informative interview with him at https://goo.gl/CWnQKE.

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From 1891-1906 Associate Justice Henry Billings Brown served on the United States Supreme Court. On September 4, 1913, he passed away.

Henry Billings Brown

Henry Billings Brown

Learn more about this justice at http://goo.gl/A8NfM7.

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On September 3, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­2005, former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist passed away.

16th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

16th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

Learn more about this influential justice at http://goo.gl/2EMHsU.

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On September 2, President Ford signed into law the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, otherwise known as “ERISA”.  Learn how this law protects an employee’s retirement assets at https://goo.gl/RmB5uJ.

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On September 1, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Keating-Owen Child Labor Act. The Act placed restrictions on child labor. You can view the original Act with the President’s signature at https://research.archives.gov/id/5730381.

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