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NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co.

United States Supreme Court
458 U.S. 886 (1982)


Facts

The NAACP organized a boycott of white businesses in Claiborne County, Mississippi. The purpose of the boycott was to influence government policies to bring about social change. The NAACP sought to persuade people to join the boycott through social pressures, including publishing the names of those people who shopped at the white businesses. The businesses (plaintiffs) brought suit against the NAACP and those individuals that participated in the boycott (defendants). The trial court found the defendants liable for damages. The Supreme Court of Mississippi affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)

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