Today in 1868: The Fourteenth Amendment is ratified

Jul 28, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On July 28, 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment, one of the most significant constitutional amendments in existence, was ratified.

Today in 1883: SCOTUS upholds harsher criminal penalties for interracial cohabitation

Jan 29, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On January 29, 1883, the Supreme Court ruled in Pace v. Alabama that the state of Alabama was constitutionally justified in imposing harsher criminal penalties for interracial cohabitants.

Today in 1882: In major sovereign immunity ruling, SCOTUS decides fate of Arlington National Cemetery

Dec 4, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

On December 4, 1882, the Supreme Court decided U.S. v. Lee, a major sovereign immunity ruling that determined the future of Arlington National Cemetery.

Today in 1886: The Supreme Court rules in Presser v. Illinois

Jan 4, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

On January 4, 1886, the Supreme Court ruled in Presser v. Illinois, holding that the Second Amendment existed to ensure the rights of states to a ready and able militia.

Labor Day’s beginnings as a presidential apology

Sep 2, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

President Grover Cleveland pushed for a national Labor Day in 1894 to both appease the labor movement for his harsh response to strikers, and to prevent any such future strikes.

EastLaw: How laundry laws brought a huge civil rights leap

May 11, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Yick Wo v. Hopkins came about from a Chinese challenge to a laundry regulation ordinance, and it became a huge advance in civil rights law.

EastLaw: Immigration and Chinese Exclusion

May 4, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

From the late-19th century through the mid-20th, Chinese immigration was severely restricted because of negative sentiment on the West Coast.