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British North America

British North America Under the terms agreed in Paris in 1783, the regions historically settled -in accordance to Bamber Gascoigne´ Encyclopedia of Britain about “ British North America” -by the French now become the only remaining part of the British empire in America. The territory along the St Lawrence, from Nova Scotia in the east to the Great Lakes, has been won by Britain from France at various stages during the 18th century. Known previously as New France, the official name for this region now becomes British North America – even though the population is predominantly French. However a more neutral name, Canada, also comes into informal use during the 18th century. The first major immigration of British people into Canada occurs as a result of the American Revolution. The Loyalists, who have taken Britain’s side in the war, have no future in the newly independent United States. In the years up to 1783 about 40,000 flee north into Canada. The majority (among them 1000 freed slaves) go to Nova Scotia, where there has been a British presence for several decades. About 10,000 choose the province of Quebec. From 1784 Britain reorganizes her remaining north American colonies on a more […]

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In Re Hemf

According to the article “Unconstitutional Acts of Congress” (1): In this case the act 64 of January 30, 1897, providing a punishment for selling liquor to Indians, was held unconstitutional as applied to a sale to an Indian who had received an allotment and patent of land under the act of Feb. 8, 1…

Fairbanks V United States

According to the article “Unconstitutional Acts of Congress” (1): In this case the plaintiff in error was convicted on a charge of having issued an export bill of lading upon certain wheat exported from Minnesota to England without affixing thereto an internal revenue stamp as required by the act of…

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According to the article “Unconstitutional Acts of Congress” (1): This is the famous Income Tax Case in which the income tax law 55 of Aug. 15, 1894 was held unconstitutional. Probably no case since the Civil War has attracted more attention or is better known. It aroused a storm of controversy and …

Baldwin V Franks

According to the article “Unconstitutional Acts of Congress” (1): In this case the same section was involved that had previously been held unconstitutional in United States v. Harris, namely United States Rev. St., ? 5519. In the former case the statute was held unconstitutional as applied to a cons…

The Civil Rights Cases

According to the article “Unconstitutional Acts of Congress” (1): These were five cases of indictments or informations brought under the first and second sections of the act of March 1, 1875, known as the “Civil Rights Act.” 44 The first section provided “That all persons within the jurisdiction of …

Kilburn V Thompson

According to the article “Unconstitutional Acts of Congress” (1): This case involved the question as to the extent of the power of the House of Representatives to punish for contempt. Kilburn had been summoned as a witness by 'a committee of Congress but had refused to answer questions or produce pa…