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On This Date in Legal History

On March 5, 1897, United States v. Wong Kim Ark was argued before the Supreme Court. The following facts were presented– Wong Kim Ark was born in San Francisco in 1873, and he continuously maintained a residence there. When he was around … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On February 17, 1942, Attorney General Francis Biddle wrote President Roosevelt to express his reservations about the immediate evacuation and internment of Japanese on the west coast. Read his memorandum below.

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Executive Order 9066

West coast residents became very suspicious of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. They were concerned that Japanese Americans would assist Japan in further attacking the U.S. The hysteria eventually caused President Franklin Delano Roosevelt … Continue reading

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Korematsu Revisited

On this date in 1944, the case Korematsu v. United States was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  Two years earlier a military order required Fred Korematsu to leave his home in San Leandro, California, and live in a … Continue reading

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