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On This Date in Legal History

On April 8, 1913, the 17th Amendment was ratified. The Amendment addresses the election of senators to Congress. It provides for the people to elect new senators (versus the state legislatures).  The Amendment states– The Senate of the United States shall … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 29, 1875, the United States Supreme Court decided Minor v. Happersett. Virginia Minor sued after she was prevented from registering to vote because she was a woman.  She alleged that her Fourteenth Amendment rights had been violated.  A lower court … 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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On This Date in Legal History

On January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment was ratified, and one year later it went into effect.  The Amendment prohibited the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.”  In 1933, however, the 21st Amendment repealed the law and prohibition ended. … Continue reading

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