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Pollock v. Williams

Significance, Emanuel Pollock's $5 Debt


Emanuel Pollock


H. T. Williams

Appellant's Claim

That a Florida law regarding the failure to perform labor after receiving an advance was unconstitutional, under the Thirteenth Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Raymer R. Maguire

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

John C. Wynn

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Robert H. Jackson (writing for the Court), Frank Murphy, Owen Josephus Roberts, Wiley Blount Rutledge

Justices Dissenting

Stanley Forman Reed, Harlan Fiske Stone


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

10 April 1944


Upheld appellant's claim.

Related Cases

  • Bailey v. Alabama, 219 U.S. 219 (1911).
  • Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927).

Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1997.
  • Elliott, Stephen P., ed. A Reference Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1986.
  • Hall, Kermit L., ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford Press, 1992.
  • New York Times, April 11, 1944.

Additional topics

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