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The 15th Amendment

On March 30, 1870, Secretary of State Hamilton Fish certified that the 15th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified by the states.  The Amendment granted African-American men the right to vote.  Learn more at https://goo.gl/GH4Ywy and https://goo.gl/sNepQt.  

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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 … Continue reading

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On March 2, 1961, African American students gathered to protest racial segregation in South Carolina. They began their demonstration in a church and marched to the State House in small groups of about 15. There were 187 students, in all. … 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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The 11th Amendment

On February 7, 1795, the Eleventh Amendment was ratified.  The Amendment states– The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United … Continue reading

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The 15th Amendment

On February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified. The Amendment granted African American men the right to vote. Section 1 states—”The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States … Continue reading

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Gary Duncan was charged with simple battery after allegedly slapping someone. He requested a jury trial, to no avail. He was found guilty and sentenced to 60 days in jail and a $10.00 fine. Duncan appealed his conviction claiming his … Continue reading

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A teacher caught a student smoking cigarettes in the high school restroom—which violated school policy. When questioned by the Assistant Vice Principal, she denied it, and said she never smoked. The Assistant Vice Principal insisted on searching her purse, where … 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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On December 7, 1964, the United States Supreme Court decided McLaughlin v. Florida. The defendants were an unmarried interracial couple living together, even though Florida law banned “any Negro man and white woman, or any white man and Negro woman” from cohabitation. … Continue reading

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On November 29, 1976, the case of Wooley v. Maynard was argued before the United States Supreme Court. New Hampshire had a law that made it a crime to cover up the state’s motto “Live Free or Die” on automobile … Continue reading

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On November 20, 1961, the United States Supreme Court decided Hoyt v. Florida. The case involved an all-male jury convicting Gwendolyn Hoyt of killing her husband. In Florida women were excluded from jury service unless they proactively registered with the clerk … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine delegates gathered to sign our Constitution.  Learn more by visiting the National Archives at goo.gl/1g9iC.

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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 … Continue reading

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On July 9, 1868, the 14th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified.  You can gain a better understanding of the Amendment by reading–  10 Huge Supreme Court Cases About the 14th Amendment at http://goo.gl/sVloVJ.

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The 27th Amendment

On May 7, 1992, the 27th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified.  The Amendment reads– “No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened”. Simply … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The 15th Amendment

On this date in 1870 Secretary of State Hamilton Fish certified that the 15th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified by the states.  The Amendment granted African-American men the right to vote.  Learn more at https://goo.gl/GH4Ywy and https://goo.gl/sNepQt.

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Is it Illegal to Burn an American Flag?

On this day in 1989, the case of Texas v. Johnson was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  The case arose after Gregory Lee Johnson was arrested for burning an American flag as a means of protesting President Reagan’s policies. … 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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