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Meyer v. Nebraska

United States Supreme Court
262 U.S. 390 (1923)


Facts

Under Nebraska law, it was a crime for any individual or teacher in any private, parochial, or public school to teach any subject to any person in any language other than English. Foreign languages could be taught as languages to students only after completion of the eighth grade. Meyer (defendant), a teacher in a parochial school in the State of Nebraska (plaintiff), was convicted of violating the Nebraska statute by teaching German to Raymond Parpart, a ten-year-old child. The Supreme Court of Nebraska affirmed the conviction, and the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari.

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