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On This Date in Legal History

On July 14, 1917, suffragist Amelia Himes Walker was arrested for picketing outside the White House, and imprisoned for 60 days. Three years later on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was finally ratified. The Amendment guarantees women the right … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Susan B. Anthony was arrested after she voted in the 1872 New York State congressional election, because New York restricted the right to vote to men. Her trial concluded on June 18, 1873– when she was found guilty of voting … Continue reading

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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 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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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 … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 3, 1913, attorney Inez Milholland led a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. to draw attention to the woman suffrage movement. The suffragists were met with hostility. The police protection promised them was described as– “the flimsiest … 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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Women’s Equality Day

On August 26, 1920, women won the right to vote. Read the New York Times article that reported on this historic event at http://goo.gl/xHLtN7. To learn about the history of Women’s Equality Day visit http://goo.gl/jdBOvj.

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The 19th Amendment

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified. It states– “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Finally, … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony’s Trial

After Susan B. Anthony voted in the 1872 congressional election, she was arrested because New York State restricted the right to vote to men. Justice Hunt presided over her trial at the United States Circuit Court for the Northern District … Continue reading

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When Did Women Acquire the Right to Vote?

On this day in 1875 the United States Supreme Court decided Minor v. Happersett. Virginia Minor, a Missouri resident, sued after she was prevented from registering to vote because she was a woman.  She alleged that her Fourteenth Amendment rights had … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 3, 1913, attorney Inez Milholland led a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. to draw attention to the woman suffrage movement. The suffragists were met with hostility. The police protection promised them was described as– “the flimsiest … Continue reading

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The 15th Amendment to Our Constitution

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 … Continue reading

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Civil Rights Attorney John Doar

On this date in ­­­1921 John Doar was born. He was a remarkable civil rights attorney. In 2012 President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. From 1960-1967 he worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Department of … Continue reading

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The Movie “Suffragette”

Suffragette tells the story of how in the early 20th century British women took extraordinary steps to win the right to vote.  Women became militant after realizing their voices weren’t being heard. The storyline dramatizes certain actual events and the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1957 the Alabama legislature passed a law changing the boundaries of the City of Tuskegee. By doing so, only four or five African American voters were left within the City limits, yet not a single white voter was effected … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1872 suffragist Susan B. Anthony cast her vote in a congressional election. She was subsequently arrested since women didn’t have the right to vote. (That right didn’t exist until 48 years later.) Learn more at http://goo.gl/LvfptD … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1913, attorney Inez Milholland led a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. to draw attention to the woman suffrage movement. The suffragists were met with hostility and the police protection promised them “was the flimsiest … Continue reading

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On This Date In Legal History

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 … Continue reading

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