On This Date in Legal History

On March 7, 1927, the United States Supreme Court decided Nixon v. Herndon.  The case arose after an African American living in Texas was denied the right to vote in a Democratic primary election.  A Texas statute stated– “in no event shall a negro be eligible to participate in a Democratic party primary election held in the State of Texas.”  The Supreme Court found the statute unconstitutional. Justice Holmes explained– “it seems to us hard to imagine a more direct and obvious infringement of the Fourteenth [Amendment].  That Amendment, while it applies to all, was passed, as we know, with a special intent to protect the blacks from discrimination against them.”

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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