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This Month In US Legal History: May Edition

This Month In US Legal History: May Edition

Day-By-Day Walk Through US Legal History: May 1 May 1884 – The eight-hour work day proclaimed to be in place across the United States. 2 May 1972 – Former head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, dies.   3 May 1948 – In Shelley v Kraemer the Supreme Court upheld the legality...
This Month In US Legal History: April Edition

This Month In US Legal History: April Edition

Day-By-Day Walk Through US Legal History: April 1 April 1863 – The first wartime conscription legislation in the U.S. comes into effect. The legislation included a ‘rich man’s’ exception, which allowed persons to pay $300 in order to avoid the draft. This exception...
This Month In US Legal History: March Edition

This Month In US Legal History: March Edition

Day-By-Day Walk Through US Legal History: March 1 March 1875 – Civil Rights Act of 1875 is passed and allows African Americans to access public transport and other accommodations. In the Civil Rights Cases of 1883, the Supreme Court ruled that the Act was...
This Month In US Legal History: February

This Month In US Legal History: February

Day-By-Day Walk Through US Legal History: February 1 February 1861 – Texas secedes from the Union. Among the reasons given in the declaration, Texas expressed its solidarity with other slave States and the failure of the government to protect against Indian attacks...
This Month In US Legal History: January Edition

This Month In US Legal History: January Edition

Day-By-Day Walk Through US Legal History: January 1 January 1839 – The state of Mississippi allows women to hold property in their own name, and is the first state to do so. However, they still needed to first gain the permission of their husbands. 2 January 1974 –...