Law, History & Politics: the "Separate But Equal" Doctrine + Justice Gorsuch

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We'll continue our discussion in this new series -- LAW, HISTORY AND POLITICS.

The LHP series explore the intersections of its namesake -- an in-depth study of a particular law, court decision, or a legal precedent that shaped the political forces and its historical ramifications.

The LHP series will start out with subject matters that directly relate to the U.S. For instance, we'll discuss landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, particular Constitutional Amendments, or an influential Legislative body of work.

The advanced LHP series will explore international and comparative law from a historic perspective. These may include: Magna Carta, the Code of Justinian, the Code of Hammurabi -- to more recent selections, such as the Treaty of Versailles, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights and the Geneva Convention.

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For this meeting, we'll read and discuss the following:

• Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896) -- Click here (https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/163/537)to access it online.

(Once upon a time, state racial segregation laws for public facilities were upheld and justified, under the doctrine of "Separate But Equal." It was overruled five decades later in Brown v. Board of Ed (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_v._Board_of_Education) -- the Brown (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_v._Board_of_Education) decision will be discussed in the upcoming LHP series.)

*** PLUS, we'll discuss the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch (https://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/press/pressreleases/pr_04-07-17) to the U.S. Supreme Court (https://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/press/pressreleases/pr_04-07-17). We'll discuss his previous high-profile opinions, as well as the political controversy surrounding his nomination and the eventual Parliamentary-rulemaking maneuver for his confirmation.

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While the reading assignments are not mandatory, all attendees are strongly urged to familiarize themselves with the general context of these selections.

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Previous LHP series:

Federalist Papers Nos. 2, 68 + the Dred Scott Decision (Feb. 2, 2017): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/236391106/?eventId=236391106