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see Mann, James RobertMann, James Robert,
1856–1922, American legislator, b. McLean co., Ill. A Chicago lawyer, he held many local offices before serving (1897–1922) as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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The reach of the Mann Act could be so easily expanded because many Americans of the 1910s and 1920s did not distinguish between a sexually active woman and a prostitute; because the law's wording was non-specific; and because the bureaucracy established to eradicate white slavery was inclined to reinterpret "white slave" as prostitute and "white slaver" as pimp in order to justify its own continued existence.
By the time it was renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935', the agency had investigated tens of thousands of Americans for alleged violation of the Mann Act.
Senator John McCain, the Republican candidate for the US presidency in 2008, has given public voice to the call for Jack Johnson to be given a presidential pardon for the offence of violating the Mann Act, for which he could not be held guilty, and on 29 July 2009, Congress passed a resolution calling on President Obama to that effect.
I argue that the history of the enactment and interpretation of the "immoral purpose" provisions of the Immigration Act and the Mann Act suggests that the legal genus of illicit sex has been persistently constructed in relation to the archetypal legal site for licit sex: marriage.
Nonetheless, as Foster documents, white southern members of Congress felt sufficiently secure in their racial hegemony to vote in ever increasing numbers for such measures as the Mann Act and the Eighteenth Amendment.
1967: Hudson White (top) and Tom Mann act out a scene in ``The Bat.
Referring specifically to McCormick, one speaker urged: "Get him on his income tax or the Mann Act.
Congress passed the Mann Act when the white slavery scare was approaching its emotional acme.
During the height of Johnson's career he was convicted under the Mann Act for transporting a white woman across state lines.
Chuck Berry In 1962, the legendary rock 'n' roller was convicted of violating the Mann Act by taking a 14-year old girl across State lines for "immoral purposes".
Given the reports that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was heard on a wiretap arranging for a prostitute to travel from New York to Washington to meet in his hotel room, it appears that he has violated the Mann Act.
Specifically, it could challenge the US Mann Act, which prevents the transport of females across state lines for "immoral purposes".