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Yes, ‘Citizens United’ gives Republicans an electoral edge. Here’s proof. Attendees hold signs as they listen to speakers during a rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision at Lafayette Square in Washington last year. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) By Tilman Klumpp, Hugo M. Mialon and Michael A. Williams April 7 Tilman Klumpp is an associate professor of economics at the University of Alberta. Hugo M. In January 2010, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Citizens United v. As the country gets set to elect its next president, along with 435 representatives, 34 senators and thousands of state and local office holders, what do we know about the effects of independent political spending in elections?

Unlike the federal government, some states never restricted independent political expenditures and were, therefore, unaffected by the Citizens United decision. Many things determine who wins on Election Day, and simple correlations don’t automatically indicate causal effects. Opinions newsletter.

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Legalize Democracy (2014. Legalize Democracy Film | Move to Amend Documentary. THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION - We the People. Amended by Article XIII Section 1. People as Property 1971 Art 4 Sec 2.3. 1830, Indian Removal Act. The Indian Removal Act was a law passed by Congress on May 28, 1830, during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. It authorized the president to negotiate with Indian tribes in the Southern United States for their removal to federal territory west of the Mississippi River in exchange for their homelands.[1][2][3] The act was strongly supported by non-native people of the South, who were eager to gain access to lands inhabited by the Five Civilized Tribes. Christian missionaries, most notably Jeremiah Evarts, protested against its passage.

Background[edit] President Andrew Jackson called for an Indian Removal Act in an 1829 speech. In the 1823 case of Johnson v. Support and opposition[edit] The Indian Removal Act was controversial. Jackson viewed the demise of Indian tribal nations as inevitable, pointing to the advancement of settled life and demise of tribal nations in the American northeast. Jackson, according to historian H. Implementation[edit] See also[edit] Worcester v. References[edit] 1854, People v. Hall. The ruling effectively freed Hall, a white man, who had been convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Ling Sing, a Chinese miner in Nevada County.

Three Chinese witnesses had testified to the killing. The ruling was an odd extension of California Criminal Procedure's existing (1850) exclusion, "No black or mulatto person, or Indian, shall be allowed to give evidence in favor of, or against a white man. " It was held that either "Indian" denoted anyone of the Mongoloid race or that "black" applied to anyone not white. The ruling effectively made white violence against Chinese Americans unprosecutable, arguably leading to more intense white-on-Chinese race riots, such as the 1877 San Francisco riot. See also[edit] Racism in the United States External links[edit] 1857, Dred Scott v. Sandford. Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857), was a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court held that African Americans, whether slave or free, could not be American citizens and therefore had no standing to sue in federal court,[2][3] and that the federal government had no power to regulate slavery in the federal territories acquired after the creation of the United States.

Dred Scott, an African American slave who had been taken by his owners to free states and territories, attempted to sue for his freedom. In a 7–2 decision written by Chief Justice Roger B. Although Taney hoped that his ruling would settle the slavery question once and for all, the decision immediately spurred vehement dissent from anti-slavery elements in the North, especially Republicans. Background[edit] Portrait of Dred Scott In 1836, Emerson moved with Scott from Illinois to Fort Snelling, which was located in the Wisconsin territory (in what would become the state of Minnesota). Scott v. A letter from a freed man to his former slave owner. To make up for the fact the Jenny the Whiteboard Woman is probably a fake, I bring an even better kiss-off to a former "employer"—a letter, reportedly dictated to a letter-writer in 1865 by one Jordan Anderson, former slave and then-current stableman, to former slave owner P.H.

Anderson of Wilson County, Tenn. The letter appeared in the Aug. 22, 1865 issue of the New York Daily Tribune, apparently in response to letter P.H. Anderson sent Jordan Anderson, suggesting that Jordan and his family ought to come back and work on the old plantation. Jordan Anderson was not amused. His response includes some of the best polite "screw you's" that I've read in a while. Some high points: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than any body else can.

There's no guarantee that the letter is genuine, of course. The Homestead Act of 1862. Background On January 1, 1863, Daniel Freeman, a Union Army scout, was scheduled to leave Gage County, Nebraska Territory, to report for duty in St. Louis. At a New Year's Eve party the night before, Freeman met some local Land Office officials and convinced a clerk to open the office shortly after midnight in order to file a land claim. In doing so, Freeman became one of the first to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Homestead Act, a law signed by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862. The distribution of Government lands had been an issue since the Revolutionary War. By 1800, the minimum lot was halved to 320 acres, and settlers were allowed to pay in 4 installments, but prices remained fixed at $1.25 an acre until 1854.

Before and after the Mexican-American war in the mid 1800s, popular pressure to change policy arose from the evolving economy, new demographics, and shifting social climate of early 19th-century America. The Documents Click to Enlarge. Homestead Acts, wikipedia. The first of the acts, the 'Homestead Act of 1862, was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862. Anyone who had never taken up arms against the U.S. government (including freed slaves and women), was 21 years or older, or the head of a family, could file an application to claim a federal land grant.

There was also a residency requirement. Several additional laws were enacted in the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Southern Homestead Act of 1866 sought to address land ownership inequalities in the south during Reconstruction. The Timber Culture Act of 1873 granted land to a claimant who was required to plant trees. The tract could be added to an existing homestead claim and had no residency requirement. Background[edit] Between 1862 and 1934, the federal government granted 1.6 million homesteads and distributed 270,000,000 acres (420,000 sq mi) of federal land for private ownership.

History[edit] Homestead Act of 1862[edit] The act in practice[edit] The Immigration Act of 1924 (The Johnson-Reed Act) - 1921–1936 - Milestones - Office of the Historian. The Immigration Act of 1924 (The Johnson-Reed Act) Introduction The Immigration Act of 1924 limited the number of immigrants allowed entry into the United States through a national origins quota. The quota provided immigration visas to two percent of the total number of people of each nationality in the United States as of the 1890 national census. It completely excluded immigrants from Asia. President Coolidge signing the Johnson-Reed Act Literacy Tests and “Asiatic Barred Zone” In 1917, the U.S.

Immigration Quotas The literacy test alone was not enough to prevent most potential immigrants from entering, so members of Congress sought a new way to restrict immigration in the 1920s. Senator William P. When the Congressional debate over immigration began in 1924, the quota system was so well-established that no one questioned whether to maintain it, but rather discussed how to adjust it. Another change to the quota altered the basis of the quota calculations. Immigration Act of 1924. President Coolidge signs the immigration act on the White House South Lawn along with appropriation bills for the Veterans Bureau.

John J. Pershing is on the President's right. The Immigration Act of 1924, or Johnson–Reed Act, including the National Origins Act, and Asian Exclusion Act (Pub.L. 68–139, 43 Stat. 153, enacted May 26, 1924), was a United States federal law that limited the annual number of immigrants who could be admitted from any country to 2% of the number of people from that country who were already living in the United States in 1890, down from the 3% cap set by the Immigration Restriction Act of 1921, according to the Census of 1890. It superseded the 1921 Emergency Quota Act. The law was aimed at further restricting immigration of Southern Europeans, Eastern Europeans, and Jews, in addition to prohibiting the immigration of Arabs, East Asians, and Indians.

According to the U.S. Provisions[edit] History[edit] Results[edit] See also[edit] References[edit] Sources[edit] National Housing Act of 1934. The National Housing Act of 1934, Pub.L. 84–345, 48 Stat. 847, enacted June 28, 1934, also called the Capehart Act, was part of the New Deal passed during the Great Depression in order to make housing and home mortgages more affordable.[1] It created the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation. [citation needed] It also created the United States Housing Authority to make low-interest, long term loans to local public agencies for slum clearance and construction of low-income dwellings.[2] It was designed to stop the tide of bank foreclosures on family homes.

Both the FHA and the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation worked to create the backbone of the mortgage and home building industries. [citation needed] The Housing Act of 1937 builds on this legislation. References[edit] HUD Historical Background External links[edit] Redlining, wikipedia. A HOLC 1936 security map of Philadelphia showing redlining of lower income neighborhoods.[1] Households and businesses in the red zones could not get mortgages or business loans.

Reverse redlining occurs when a lender or insurer targets minority consumers, not to deny them loans or insurance, but rather to charge them more than could be charged to a comparable majority consumer whose business is more sought after.[8][9] History[edit] Although informal discrimination and segregation had always existed in the United States, the specific practice called "redlining" began with the National Housing Act of 1934, which established the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).[10] Racial segregation and discrimination against minorities and minority communities pre-existed this policy. On the maps, the newest areas — those considered desirable for lending purposes — were outlined in blue and known as "Type A". Some redlined maps were also created by private organizations, such as J.M. Impact[edit] Housing Segregation, wikipedia. Housing Segregation is the practice of denying African American or other minority groups equal access to housing through the process of misinformation, denial of realty and financing services, and racial steering.

Misinformation can take the form of realtors or landlords not giving African American groups an accurate portrayal of available units. Racial steering typically occurs when Realtors or landlords steer European Americans to available units in white communities, and African Americans to black or racially mixed communities. Generally, racial steering involves misinformation on the part of the realtor or landlord as well, because they will not tell the African Americans about the available units in the European American communities. These subtle discriminatory measures have taken the place of outright racism since the 1960s, and do not allow African Americans to have many choices about where they are able to live. History of Housing Discrimination[edit] The GI Bill[edit] Japanese American internment. Japanese American internment was the World War II internment in "War Relocation Camps" of over 110,000 people of Japanese heritage who lived on the Pacific coast of the United States.

The U.S. government ordered the internment in 1942, shortly after Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.[2][3] The internment of Japanese Americans was applied unequally as a geographic matter: all who lived on the West Coast were interned, while in Hawaii, where 150,000-plus Japanese Americans comprised over one-third of the population, only 1,200[4] to 1,800 were interned. Sixty-two percent of the internees were American citizens.[5][6] President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment with Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942, which allowed local military commanders to designate "military areas" as "exclusion zones," from which "any or all persons may be excluded. " After Pearl Harbor[edit] San Francisco Examiner, February 1942. Executive Order 9066 and related actions[edit] Japanese Canadian internment. Beginning after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and lasting until 1949 (four years after World War II had ended) all persons of Japanese heritage were systematically removed from their homes and businesses and sent to internment camps.

The Canadian government shut down all Japanese-language newspapers, took possession of businesses and fishing boats, and effectively sold them. In order to fund the internment itself, vehicles, houses and personal belongings were also sold.[3] In August 1944, Prime Minister Mackenzie King announced that Japanese Canadians were to move east as had been previously encouraged. Prewar history[edit] Tensions between Canadians and Japanese immigrants to Canada existed long before the outbreak of World War II. Starting as early as 1858, with the influx of "Orientals" during Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, negative beliefs and fears about Asian immigrants began to affect the populace in British Columbia.

World War II[edit] Mackenzie King[edit] 1819, Dartmouth College v. Woodward. Trustees of Dartmouth College v. Woodward, 17 U.S. 518 (1819), was a landmark decision from the United States Supreme Court dealing with the application of the Contract Clause of the United States Constitution to private corporations. The case arose when the president of Dartmouth College was deposed by its trustees, leading to the New Hampshire legislature attempting to force the college to become a public institution and thereby place the ability to appoint trustees in the hands of the governor. The Supreme Court upheld the sanctity of the original charter of the college, which pre-dated the creation of the State.

The decision settled the nature of public versus private charters and resulted in the rise of the American business corporation and the free American enterprise system.[1] Background[edit] In 1769 King George III of Great Britain granted a charter to Dartmouth College. The trustees retained Dartmouth alumnus Daniel Webster, a New Hampshire native who would later become a U.S. 1886, Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad. 1906, Hale v. Henkel - 201 U.S. 43 (1906. 1919, Dodge v. Ford Motor Company. 1922. Pennsylvania Coal Co. v. Mahon. 1976, Buckley v. Valeo, wikipedia. 2010, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Geoffrey R. Stone: Explaining Citizens United. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Supreme Court Blocks Ban on Corporate Political Spending. The ‘Citizens United’ decision and why it matters. SUMMARY OF CITIZENS UNITED V. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION. Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976) Litigation - Court Case Abstracts - B. Pennsylvania Coal Co. v Mahon. PENNSYLVANIA COAL CO. v. MAHON et al. Dodge vs Ford, law.illinois.edu.

Mere evidence rule, wikipedia. Hale v. Henkel, 201 U.S. 370 (1906) Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific R. Co. - 118 U.S. 394 (1886. Dartmouth College v. Woodward. 7 Charts To Understand Citizens United On Its 4th Anniversary. No So Equal Property Rights. Cynicism on American Democracy. Laws related to citizens united. Money in Politics and So Called Free Speech. Bifrucating laws, linch pins.