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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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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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The Civil Rights Act of 1957

On September 9, President Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The Act established a Commission to investigate whether persons were being denied their voting or equal protection rights under the law because of their race, color, … Continue reading

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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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A Pioneer for Women’s Rights

On August 13, 1818, Lucy Stone was born. She advocated to abolish slavery, but today is best remembered for her work in the women’s rights movement. Learn more by listening to Sally McMilllen, author of Lucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life, … Continue reading

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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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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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“The Fight to Vote” by Michael Waldman

The Fight to Vote by Michael Waldman traces the fascinating history of voting rights in the United States. Waldman describes in his book the turbulent history that has led to five constitutional amendments. Initially, only white men with property could … 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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Let’s Celebrate Former President (Attorney) Abe Lincoln

On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Before becoming our 16th President he was a well-respected lawyer.  You can learn about his legal career at http://goo.gl/Xa9ix9. He’s most remembered, however, for his accomplishments as president, including the passage of … 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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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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Let’s Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

On this day in 1920 women won the right to vote. Read the New York Times article that reported on this historic event in 1920 at http://goo.gl/xHLtN7.

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The 19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment was ratified on this date in 1920.  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.” … Continue reading

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A Pioneer for Women’s Rights

On August 13, 1818, Lucy Stone was born.  Lucy Stone actively advocated to end slavery, but has been best known as a trailblazer for women’s rights. Learn more by listening to Sally McMilllen, author of Lucy Stone: An Unapologetic Life … 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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