Today in 1789 Congress approved 12 amendments to the Constitution

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • September 25, 2017

Now  known as the Bill of Rights the U.S. Congress approved 12 amendments to the Constitution on September25, 1789.  These amendments were then sent to the states for ratification. 10 of the amendments were ratified and became part of the …

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160 years ago today the United States Supreme Court issued the Dred Scott decision.

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • March 6, 2017

The website Bio take a brief look at how the ‘Dred Scott v. Sandford’ case came to be and what resulted afterwards.

The Library of Congress features Dred Scott v. Sandford within their Primary Documents in American History Collections.

It …

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Today in History – In 1633 Galileo arrives in Rome for his Inquisition Trial

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • February 13, 2017

On this day in 1633, Italian philosopher, astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to face charges of heresy for advocating Copernican theory, which holds that the Earth revolves around the Sun.It actually took several years for the controversy …

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Today in 1648 the Treaties of Westphalia were signed.

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • October 24, 2016

The Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War in the Holy Roman empire and the Eighty Years War between Spain and the Dutch Republic.

Why do we care?  The Peace of Westphalia established the precedent of peaces established by …

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New from Hein Online: Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • October 10, 2016

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

From the Introduction:  …

Slavery in the United States remains the focus of most scholarly interest. The bulk of the material in this HeinOnline library—Slavery in America and the

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Wheelers and Dealers, and 82 Years of the SEC

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • June 7, 2016

Yesterday marked the 82nd birthday of a federal commission that changed Wall Street and all of our lives.  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was established on June 6, 1934, to protect investors’ interests and restore confidence in the country’s …

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What (Not) to Wear: Fashion and the Law

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • May 10, 2016

That’s the title a fascinating new exhibit at the Harvard Law School Library through August 12, accompanied by a great online exhibit for those of us who won’t be in the Boston area this summer. What (Not) to Wear: Fashion …

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New National Monument Marks Equal Pay Day

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • April 12, 2016

While the usual focus of Equal Pay Day is education, legislation and other contemporary efforts to achieve pay and workplace equality for women, today’s observance was also marked by the President’s dedication of a new national historic monument on Capitol …

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Cornell’s Trial Pamphlet Collection: Murder, Scandal, and More

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • December 22, 2015

The American public has always had a fascination with criminal and other sensational trials.  The countless hours spent with crime, detective, and investigation TV series were once spent with inexpensive, quickly produced trial pamphlets about murder, scandal, and other sensational …

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10 Misconceptions About the Constitution – and a Test

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • September 22, 2015

One of the best items to be posted in honor of Constitution Day 2015 (September 17) was an ABA Journal news article, “10 Misconceptions About the Constitution.”  If you think you know a lot about the drafting and …

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