Thursday, March 8, 2012

On March 8

On this day in ...
... 1957 (55 years ago today), was enacted a Joint Resolution of the Georgia General Assembly entitled "Memorial to Congress -- Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to U.S. Constitution Be Declared Void." The resolution asserted that the named amendments -- which make guarantees respecting equal protection, due process, and voting rights enforceable against state governments -- "were never validly adopted and that they are null and void and of no effect." According to a New York Times report, the resolution constituted "another legal point in" state legislators' "continuing battle" for de jure segregation. It was a battle waged, unsuccessfully, in the wake of desegregation mandated by the Brown v. Board of Education judgments rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954 and 1955. (Prior posts here and here.)

(Prior March 8 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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