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Yick Wo at 125: Four Simple Lessons for the Contemporary Supreme Court

67 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2011 Last revised: 25 Jan 2013

Marie A. Failinger

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Date Written: June 9, 2011

Abstract

This article, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Yick Wo decision, recounts the legal struggles of Chinese immigrants at the turn of the 20th century and proposes that these stories provide four lessons for the U.S. Supreme Court about the importance of refusing to countenance class discrimination, persisting in striking at legal injustice, considering legislative purpose in context, and taking account of the property assumptions that color cultural battles in discrimination cases.

Keywords: racial discrimination, equal protection, legal history

JEL Classification: J7, K00

Suggested Citation

Failinger, Marie A., Yick Wo at 125: Four Simple Lessons for the Contemporary Supreme Court (June 9, 2011). Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Vol. 17, p. 217, Spring 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1861225

Marie A. Failinger (Contact Author)

Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )

875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States

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