Law, History & Politics: the Chinese Exclusion Act + Korematsu v. U.S.

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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.


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

1) The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 -- Click here to access it online. 

Once upon a time, Congress enacted a law to prohibit an entire class of individuals from entering the U.S., based on race and ethnicity.

2) Korematsu v. U.S., 323 U.S. 214 (1944) Click here to access it online.

This infamous case upholding the constitutionality of the Japanese Internment Camp during the WWII, is universally criticized virtually by all legal scholars as being the most legally-misguided opinion -- yet, the ruling technically still stands, as it was never overruled.


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


Previous LHP series:

• Federalist Papers Nos. 2, 68 + the Dred Scott Decision (Feb. 2, 2017):

• Plessy v. Ferguson, (April 2017) -- a reading and critical discussion at the "Separate but Equal" doctrine:

New York, NY 10016 - USA

Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 PM