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On This Date in Legal History

In March 1897 the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark was argued before the United States Supreme Court. The following facts were presented– Wong Kim Ark was born in San Francisco in 1873, and he continuously maintained a residence there. … Continue reading

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The 22nd Amendment

On February 27, 1951, the 22nd Amendment was ratified. It established term limits for the president. No person can serve more than “two terms in office, a total of eight years,” unless he or she “serve[d] two years or less … Continue reading

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The 21st Amendment

On February 20, 1933, Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to repeal prohibition. On December 5, 1933, the Amendment was ratified by the States. Learn more at https://goo.gl/3D0gAw, and watch this interesting newsreel from that period https://goo.gl/gVxqEo.

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On This Date in Legal History

The United States Supreme Court ruled against some of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation, so he wanted to pack the Court with like-minded justices who’d find his reforms constitutional. On February 5, 1937, the President proposed a plan … Continue reading

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Carrie Chapman Catt

On this date in 1859 suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt was born. Learn how she helped to secure passage of the 19th Amendment at http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/wom/2007/catt.htm.

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The Civil Rights Act of 1957

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, … Continue reading

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Federal Employees’ Compensation Act of 1916

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. Learn more at http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1981&context=key_workplace.

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ERISA

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 http://www.pbgc.gov/about/who-we-are/pg/president-ford-signing-erisa-of-1974.html.

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The Keating-Owen Child Labor Act

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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On This Date in Legal History

On January 8, 1964, President Johnson vowed in his State of the Union speech an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” On August 20, 1964, he tried to fulfill that promise by signing the Economic Opportunity Act. Take a look … Continue reading

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