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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Alabama ex rel. Patterson
Citation:357 U.S. 449 (1958)
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Alabama demanded that petitioner reveal to the State’s Attorney General the names and addresses of all its Alabama members and agents, without regard to their positions or functions in the Association. The Association urges that it is constitutionally entitled to resist official inquiry into its membership lists and that it may assert, on behalf of its members, a right personal to them to be protected from compelled disclosure by the State of their affiliation with the Association as revealed by the membership lists.
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