Yick Wo v. Hopkins: 1886

Christianson, Stephen G.
October 2003
Great American Trials;2003, p192
The article discusses a court case wherein the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the conviction of the appellant Yick Wo for violating an ordinance was unconstitutional. The trial was conducted in Washington, D.C. in 1886. Wo claimed that the city of San Francisco, California was enforcing an ordinance in an unlawfully discriminatory manner against him and other Chinese persons. The need to enforce the law in a fair manner is cited as the significance of the case.


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