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Jackson W. Giles:
Fighting Disfranchisement

It was April 27th, 1903. Jackson W. Giles was refused the right to vote from the Montgomery Board of Registrars. Giles fought against this cruel injustice. He represented himself and 5000 other Montgomery African-American citizens. Jackson Giles’ lawyer, Wilford Smith, developed a case and led through the United States Supreme Court. The justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes, filed his decision. At first, it seemed the United States Supreme Court was in favor of Jackson Giles. However, Holmes continued to state a confusing ruling that ultimately ended in tragedy for the plaintiff. Jackson Giles remained disfranchised.

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