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On This Date in Legal History

On October 3, 1965, President Johnson signed into law the  Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.   Former immigration laws focused on the immigrants country of birth. The new bill stated “those wishing to immigrate to America shall be admitted … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed Medicare into law–a health insurance program for individuals 65 and up.  You can read the President’s entire speech and his explanation of the law at  https://goo.gl/DgXHhR. The President remarked– “No longer will older … Continue reading

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An Entertaining Way to Celebrate Black History Month

The movie Selma is a riveting historical drama that traces the events leading up to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Act struck down voting restrictions in federal, state and local elections. The film deserves the critical acclaim … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On November 28, 1975, President Ford nominated Judge John Paul Stevens (from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit) to the United States Supreme Court. Read President Ford’s announcement at https://research.archives.gov/id/7341714. On December 17, 1975, he was confirmed … Continue reading

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Constance Baker Motley

On September 14, 1921, Constance Baker Motley was born in New Haven, Connecticut.  In 1966, when President Johnson appointed her to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, she became the first African-American woman to … Continue reading

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Thurgood Marshall

On August 30, 1967, the Senate confirmed President Johnson’s nominee, Thurgood Marshall, to the United States Supreme Court. View the Congressional Record from that day at http://goo.gl/yKSlzW.

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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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The Voting Rights Act

On August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. Read this civil rights legislation and learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1EbvO75 and http://1.usa.gov/Nxo1MH. Listen to NPR’s program at http://bit.ly/1EbC6na. It’s quite informative. I also encourage you to read how we’ve moved away … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1919 baseball legend Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia.  He’s best remembered for his baseball prowess, but he was also deeply respected off the field for being a tireless and effective advocate of civil rights. … Continue reading

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Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

On August 6, 1965, fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.  Read this civil rights legislation and learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1EbvO75 and http://1.usa.gov/Nxo1MH.  Listen to NPR’s program at http://bit.ly/1EbC6na.  It’s quite informative.

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The Social Security Amendments of 1965

On July 30, 1965, fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the “Social Security Amendments of 1965” Act into law.  Medicare and Medicaid were established. Both are health insurance programs.  Medicare is for the elderly. Medicaid is for low income … Continue reading

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The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act

On July 27, 1965, fifty years ago today, Congress passed the “Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act”. The Act provides that all cigarette containers must have a conspicuous warning—“Caution: Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health.” You can read … Continue reading

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The Voting Rights Act (1965)

On this day in 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.  Months earlier, on March 15, the President explained in a speech to the United States Congress why the Act was necessary.  African Americans were being denied the right … Continue reading

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