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On This Date in Legal History

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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On This Date in Legal History

On June 22, 1970, President Nixon signed the Voting Rights Act Amendments, albeit with serious reservations. The legislation included a rider that lowered the voting age to 18. Read the President’s speech from that day at http://goo.gl/rz2oKW.

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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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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 January 25-26, 1966, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections. The Court was asked to decide if the State of Virginia could require their citizens to pay a poll tax (or fee) … Continue reading

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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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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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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 1966 the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections.  The Court was asked to decide if the State of Virginia could require their citizens to pay a poll tax … 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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