Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Shelley v. Kraemer
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In 1911, in St. Louis, 30 land owners agreed to a restrictive covenant attaching to all 57 parcels in the community. The signed agreement stipulated that for the next 50 years none of the parcels could be sold or leased “by people of the Negro or Mongolian race.” At the time African-American families owned 5 lots, one since 1882. On August 11, 1945, the Appellant, unaware of the covenant, purchased a parcel of this land from Fitzgerald. The Appellee, Kraemer (Appellee), brought suit to block the sale and have the property revert to the previous grantor or a person whom the court would choose.
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