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The History of the Independence Day Holiday

The Fourth of July commemorates colonial America’s declared independence from Great Britain. But, do you know how the Independence Day came to be a national holiday, and why it is held on July 4th?

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5 Women Who Broke Legal Ground

The legal field was dominated by men until well into the 20th century. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re taking the opportunity to dive into HeinOnline and spotlight five women who broke down barriers and became trailblazers for women in law.

Eugene Debs, the Espionage Act, and the Election of 1920

Near the end of World War I, Eugene Debs delivered an anti-war speech in Ohio. Two weeks later, he was arrested and imprisoned for his words. In 1920, he ran for president from his prison cell, ultimately waging the most successful campaign by a socialist candidate in American history.

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The Ratification of the Bill of Rights

December 15 marks Bill of Rights Day, commemorating the 1791 ratification of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, collectively known as the Bill of Rights. However, crafting a Bill of Rights was highly controversial at the time.

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The 12 Bizarre Laws of Christmas

The holiday season is chockful of some strange laws, so if you don’t want to be spending your gift money on fines or your cookie-baking time in jail, you might want to pay attention to the following rules that govern the holiday season.

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Supreme Court Unveils Its First-Ever Code of Ethics

Criticism over undisclosed trips and gifts from wealthy benefactors to some justices has grown from both the public and Congress. On Monday, the Supreme Court announced the first-ever code of conduct governing the ethical behavior of its nine justices.

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The Infamy of the Dred Scott Decision

Dred Scott v. Sandford, a Supreme Court decision made in 1857, is largely regarded as one of the most infamous decisions in the Supreme Court’s history. This case determined that people of Black African descent were not entitled to U.S. citizenship.

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