United States v. Cruikshank

(1876)

Glossary

  • articles of confederation the initial constitution of the United States, replaced by the present Constitution because they gave too much power to the states and not enough to the federal government
  • Chief Justice Marshall John Marshall, the early-nineteenth-century chief justice whose decisions defined many of the powers of the federal government
  • demurrer a court pleading filed by a defendant stating that the facts of the case do not support the plaintiff's accusations
  • Enforcement Act of May 31, 1870 one of three federal laws passed to protect the civil rights of African Americans, especially the right to vote
  • Justice Johnson Associate Justice William Johnson
  • quash the action of voiding a legal proceeding or court decision
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