Meyer v. Nebraska

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Meyer v. Nebraska  (1923) 

Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923), was a U.S. Supreme Court case which held that a 1919 Nebraska law prohibiting the teaching of modern foreign languages to grade school children unconstitutionally violated the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Supreme Court of the United States

262 U.S. 390

Meyer  v.  Nebraska

Error to the Supreme Court of the State of Nebraska

No. 325  Argued: February 23, 1923 --- Decided: June 4, 1923

A state law forbidding, under penalty, the teaching in any private, denominational, parochial or public school, of any modern language, other than English, to any child who has not attained and successfully [p391] passed the eighth grade, invades the liberty guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment and exceeds the power of the State. P. 399.

So held where the statute was applied in punishment of an instructor who taught reading in German, to a child of ten years, in a parochial school.

ERROR to a judgment of the Supreme Court of Nebraska affirming a conviction for infraction of a statute against teaching of foreign languages to young children in schools. [p396]

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).

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