Meyer v. Nebraska 1923

On May 25, 1920, schoolteacher Robert T. Meyer taught one of his fourth-grade pupils to read the Bible in the German language. (There goes the neighborhood!) An attorney from Hamilton County learned of the highly subversive incident, and charged the teacher with shockingly violating a Nebraska law that prohibited teaching foreign languages to elementary school pupils.  Meyer was tried, convicted, and fined $25.  Meyer appealed his conviction.  In 1923, the US Supreme Court ruled in Meyer v. Nebraska that the 1919 Nebraska law violated the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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