German Victims and American Oppressors: The Cultural Background and Legacy of Meyer V. Nebraska
LAW AND THE GREAT PLAINS, John R. Wunder, ed., pp. 33-56, Greenwood Press, 1996
24 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2010
Date Written: 1996
In this article, Professor Finkelman discusses the Supreme Court decision in Meyer v. Nebraska. During and after WWI, German Americans were the targets of harassment, suppression, police brutality, and mob violence. Finkelman asserts that the Meyer case stands out as the most significant civil liberties victory of the WWI period and serves as an immediate prelude to the incorporation of the Bill of Rights through the Fourteenth Amendment, making it applicable to the states.
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