A history of dubious laws…

  • [150 years ago]: “In the eyes of the law … the slave is not a person.” Virginia Supreme Court decision, 1858
  • [130 years ago]: “An Indian is not a person within the meaning of the Constitution.” George Canfield, American Law Review, 1881
  • [100 years ago]: “The statutory word ‘person’ did not in these circumstances include women.” British voting rights case, 1909
  • [75 years ago]: “The Reichsgericht itself refused to recognize Jews … as ‘persons’ in the legal sense.” German Supreme Court decision, 1936
  • [10 years ago]: “The law of Canada does not recognize the unborn child as a legal person possessing rights.” Canadian Supreme Court, Winnipeg Child and Family Services Case, 1997

William Brennan, quoted in A Right to Know a Stand to Reason publication, back cover

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