Today in 1925: SCOTUS begins to use substantive due process to establish fundamental rights

Jun 1, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 1, 1925, the Supreme Court ruled in Pierce v. Society of Sisters, invalidating an Oregon law against private schools, and first establishing fundamental rights through substantive due process.

Today in 1870: The Fifteenth Amendment is ratified

Feb 3, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On February 3, 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, thereby making it unconstitutional to stop a voter based on his race or color.