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Williams v. Mississippi

In From Jim Crow to Civil Rights (Oxford, 2004), Klarman uses Williams v. Mississippi (1898) to show how the Supreme Court allowed the southern states to disfranchise blacks. He identifies this case as an opposition to racial discrimination in a … Continue reading

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Ex Parte Merryman

In Lincoln’s Constitution (Chicago, 2003), Daniel Farber distinguishes Ex Parte Merryman (1861) as the most influential case concerning the suspension of individual rights during the Civil War. According to Farber, Merryman showcased Chief Justice Taney as Lincoln’s rival and “vehement … Continue reading

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The Right of Birthright?

In “A Birthright That Shouldn’t Be,” Charlotte Allen,  a contributer to the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal, argues for the institution of stricter immigrant laws as a solution to the growing number of children born from illegal … Continue reading

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Federalist 24 vs. Anti-Federalist 10: Safety of a Standing Army?

Federalist No. 24, “The Powers Necessary to the Common Defense Further Considered For the Independent Journal,” and Anti-Federalist No. 10, argued the necessity and constitutional right for fostering a standing army in the United States during peacetime. The Federalists and Anti-Federalists … Continue reading

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David Brearley: Quiet and Supportive Delegate from New Jersey

David Brearley was a delegate from New Jersey. He attended the constitutional convention with other New Jersey delegates including the outspoken William Patterson. Brearley was a fairly quiet man, not overly important compared to the other more famous delegates at … Continue reading

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