Pierce V. Society Of Sisters, 268 U.s. 510 ( 1925 ) Essay examples

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Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925)
Introduction/Historical Setting The law in question was a 1922 Oregon law requiring children to attend the public school. Refusal to do so resulted in a misdemeanor offense and each day resulted in an additional misdemeanor offense ("Pierce v. Society of Sisters", 2016). Fifty-three percent of voters in the state were in favor of the law, not set to be in effect until 1926. Organizations supporting the law included the Federation of Patriotic Societies, the Scottish-rite Masons of Oregon, and the Ku Klux Klan. Some opponents to the law included organizations operating private or religious schools, such as the Catholic Truth Society, Episcopalians, Knights of Columbus, Lutherans, National Catholic Welfare Conference, The National Council of Churches, Roman Catholics, and Seventh-Day Adventists. The lead plaintiff in this case was Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Episcopalian Hill Military Academy also challenged this law. Oregon governor Walter Pierce was the respondent in this litigation, whose election campaign supported the law. Preliminary restraining orders were granted by district court preventing the state of Oregon from enforcing the law (2016).
Case Summary The district court’s ruling said parents were deprived of the right to make educational decisions for their children, and the schools as corporations, were deprived of property, thus the due process claim. The…

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