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Freedom of the Press  

Sam Lebovic

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Jan 2019
According to the First Amendment of the US Constitution, Congress is barred from abridging the freedom of the press (“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or ... More

The Posse Comitatus Doctrine in Early America  

Gautham Rao

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Jan 2019
Courts and legislatures in colonial America and the early American republic developed and refined a power to compel civilians to assist peace and law enforcement officers in arresting ... More

United States Vagrancy Laws  

Risa L. Goluboff and Adam Sorensen

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Dec 2018
The crime of vagrancy has deep historical roots in American law and legal culture. Originating in 16th-century England, vagrancy laws came to the New World with the colonists and soon ... More

Law in Early America  

Sally Hadden

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Nov 2018
Law in early America came from many sources. To focus exclusively on the English common law excludes other vital sources including (but not limited to) civil law, canon law, lex mercatoria ... More

The Sit-In Movement  

Christopher W. Schmidt

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Jul 2018
One of the most significant protest campaigns of the civil rights era, the lunch counter sit-in movement began on February 1, 1960 when four young African American men sat down at the ... More

Juvenile Justice in the United States  

David S. Tanenhaus

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Apr 2018
Juvenile justice is a technical term that refers to the specific area of law and affiliated institutions, most notably the juvenile court, with jurisdiction over the cases of minors who ... More

The Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States  

Rebecca J. Mead

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Mar 2018
Woman suffragists in the United States engaged in a sustained, difficult, and multigenerational struggle: seventy-two years elapsed between the Seneca Falls convention (1848) and the ... More

Latinos and the Law  

Allison Brownell Tirres

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Feb 2018
Latino Americans have intersected with the law in complicated ways throughout American history. Latinos themselves are a diverse and heterogeneous racial, ethnic, and cultural group, with ... More

History of the U.S. Supreme Court  

Timothy S. Huebner

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Jan 2018
The Supreme Court of the United States stands at the head of the nation’s judicial system. Created in Article III of the Constitution of 1787 but obscured by the other branches of ... More

Politics of Reproductive Rights in 20th-Century America  

Rickie Solinger

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Nov 2017
The reproductive experiences of women and girls in the 20th-century United States followed historical patterns shaped by the politics of race and class. Laws and policies governing ... More

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