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This post is inspired by a 2016 blog post that I wrote entitled "Why is the South Routinely on the Wrong Side of History": https://historymonocle.com/2016/03/29/why-is-the-south-routinely-on-the-wrong-side-of-history/

I'm thinking of doing an update post that will just show how every state supported or rejected these laws, rather than just focusing on a region.

These are the 20 laws I included in my post. What are some other laws that you think belong in this group of legislation of heavily-charged moral-ethical issues:

  • Fugitive Slave Act of 1793
  • Alien & Sedition Act of 1798
  • Cumberland Road Bill of 1806
  • Slave Trade Ban of 1807 
  • Indian Removal Act of 1830
  • Force Bill of 1833
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854
  • Civil Rights Act of 1866
  • Enforcement Act of 1870 (South not entirely eligible to vote)
  • Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
  • Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906
  • Federal Employees Compensation of 1916 
  • Women’s Suffrage 1919
  • Immigration Act of 1924
  • Social Security Act of 1935 
  • Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Social Security Act of 1965
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 
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