Guinn v. United States

(1915)

Explanation and Analysis of the Document

At issue in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Guinn v. United States was whether grandfather clauses had been deliberately enacted by state governments to deny African Americans their right to vote. Two Oklahoma election officials, Frank Guinn and J. J. Beal, had been charged with violating federal law by conspiring to deprive black Oklahomans of their voting rights in a general election held in 1910. Following the convictions of both men by a jury in an Oklahoma district court a year later, the Guinn case was brought before the Supreme Court on...

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