Monday, November 14, 1960: Gomillion v. Lightfoot

The U.S. Supreme Court overturns a redistricting plan enacted by the Alabama legislature, which redrew the boundaries of the City of Tuskegee. The court found that the plan -- which changed the city's shape from a square to a 28-sided border (click on image to enlarge) -- violated the 15th Amendment to the Constitution and was done expressly to exclude black voters from city elections.

* Case summary: @ and @
* Ruling and Justice Felix Frankfurter's opinion: @
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* More about the Fifteenth Amendment: @

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