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Ch 37: Landmark Supreme Court Cases in the U.S.

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Review some of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases with the lessons provided in this engaging chapter. Our entertaining lessons outline key topics that can help you study for an upcoming exam and get the very best score you can.

Landmark Supreme Court Cases in the U.S. - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors present landmark Supreme Court cases in the U.S., including their outcomes, importance, and significance. Some of the most famous cases in Supreme Court history are covered here, including Gibbons v. Ogden, Roe v. Wade, and Schenck v. United States. After completing this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Describe the significance of Marbury v. Madison
  • Outline the decision in the case of McCullock v. Maryland
  • Summarize the case of Gideon v. Wainwright 1963
  • Provide facts about Miranda v. Arizona
  • Explain how free speech in schools was impacted after the decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

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8 Lessons in Chapter 37: Landmark Supreme Court Cases in the U.S.
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Marbury v. Madison: Definition, Summary & Significance

1. Marbury v. Madison: Definition, Summary & Significance

In this lesson, you'll learn about the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court case of ''Marbury v. Madison'', and how the case established the notion of judicial review.

The Case of McCulloch v. Maryland: Summary, Decision & Significance

2. The Case of McCulloch v. Maryland: Summary, Decision & Significance

One of the landmark cases of the early Supreme Court, McCulloch v. Maryland determined if the United States government had the right to establish a bank in Maryland and if the state had the right to tax the government for doing so. We'll discuss the case's decision and significance.

Gibbons v. Ogden: Summary, Decision & Impact

3. Gibbons v. Ogden: Summary, Decision & Impact

Gibbons v. Ogden was a landmark case that examined how much the federal government could regulate interstate commerce. We'll look at the historical background, and then look at the arguments offered by both sides. Finally, we'll consider the impact of the decision.

Schenck v. United States: Summary

4. Schenck v. United States: Summary

''Schenck v. United States'' is a Supreme Court case from 1919. In this lesson, we will learn about the First Amendment freedom of expression and the concept of clear and present danger developed by this case.

Gideon v. Wainwright 1963: Summary, Facts & Decision

5. Gideon v. Wainwright 1963: Summary, Facts & Decision

Clarence Gideon was a poor man who could not afford an attorney. In his trial, he was not provided one. He appealed to the Supreme Court, who ruled that if a person cannot afford a lawyer, the state must provide him with one.

Miranda v. Arizona: Summary, Facts & Significance

6. Miranda v. Arizona: Summary, Facts & Significance

In the famous case Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court ruled that suspects can only be interrogated after the police read them their legal rights. Read on to learn more about the details and legal legacy of Miranda v. Arizona.

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: Impact on Free Speech in Schools

7. Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: Impact on Free Speech in Schools

How much control do schools have over what students say and do? This lesson examines the First Amendment limits in education, and the court case (Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District) that changed those limits.

Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

8. Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

''Roe v. Wade, 1973'' was the landmark Supreme Court decision in regard to legalized abortion. Learn about the case, the decision and its impact on the United States.

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