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Editorial cartoon, January 1879, Harper’s Weekly literacy tests for blacks. Wikipedia Commons

The Grandfather Clause

I am sure you have heard the phrase and even used it on occasion. The Grandfather Clause is used in many legal situations. When new laws are created, some may be “grandfathered in.” This simply means that they do not have to follow the new rules or regulations. For example, if a school rezones its district but allows current…

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