Mar 26, 2015 - Sale 2377

Sale 2377 - Lot 310

Price Realized: $ 562
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
DU BOIS, W.E.B., EDITOR. Supreme Court of the United States: Oct. Term. Charles H. Buchanan, Plaintiff in Error, vs. William Warley [appearing in] Crisis Magazine, Christmas issue, 1917. Pages 69 through 73; small 4to, original wrappers. a virtually pristine copy New York, 1917

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Buchanan vs. Warley, 245, U.S. 60, was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court addressed civil government-instituted racial segregation in residential areas. The Louisville, Kentucky city ordinance forbade colored persons from occupying houses as residences, or places of abode or public assembly, on blocks where the majority of the houses are occupied by white persons for those purposes. The Court held that a Louisville, Kentucky, city ordinance prohibiting the sale of real such property to blacks violated the Fourteenth Amendment, which protected freedom of contract, reversing the ruling of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Unlike prior state court rulings that had overturned racial zoning ordinances on takings clause grounds due to those ordinances' failures to grandfather land owned prior to enactment, the Court in Buchanan ruled that the motive for the Louisville ordinance, race, was an insufficient purpose to make the prohibition constitutional.