The Teamsters Labor History Research Center was pleased to host a special guest lecture on January 14 sponsored by the GWU History Department entitled "People Out of Place: A Constitutional History of the Long 60s" by Dr. Risa Goluboff of the University of Virginia.
Dr. Goluboff focused on how U.S. vagrancy laws have been used to oppress and control marginalized people, and how challenges to those laws eventually resulted in their being struck from the books, particularly after a Supreme Court decision in 1972 declared them unconstitutional. Vagrancy laws were generally vague and addressed a person’s status rather than his or her behavior. After the laws were removed, states replaced them with more specific laws such as loitering with criminal intent or disorderly conduct. For more on Dr. Goluboff's work, check out Civil Rights Stories and The Lost Promise of Civil Rights, both available here at Gelman Library.