Ch 94: Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

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You can improve your understanding of some landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions with these video lessons. The topics discussed in the lessons will be vital to understanding the subject in full.

Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decisions - Chapter Summary

One crucial aspect of American history that is often overlooked is the influence of the Supreme Court, in particular through a few landmark rulings. You can learn about some of these rulings by watching the video lessons contained in this chapter. The lessons will provide you with clear and comprehensive overviews of each case, including the background, the details of the case itself, and its effects on American history. The cases that you will learn about in this chapter are:

  • Marbury v. Madison
  • McCulloch v. Maryland
  • Plessy v. Ferguson
  • The definition of civil liberties and notable civil rights cases
  • Gideon v. Wainwright
  • Roe v. Wade

Each lesson is taught by an experienced instructor who will go over all necessary information in a clear and informative manner. When watching the videos, you can mark specific points you want to return to later using the video tags. You can also assess your knowledge of each topic by going over the practice quiz questions also included in the chapter.

6 Lessons in Chapter 94: Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
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U.S. Constitution: Definition and the Judicial Review of Marbury v. Madison

1. U.S. Constitution: Definition and the Judicial Review of Marbury v. Madison

Our United States Constitution is known as the 'Supreme Law of the Land.' The United States Supreme Court determines when other laws are in conflict with the Constitution. This lesson explains the concepts of supremacy and 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.

Plessy v. Ferguson: Impact & Summary

3. Plessy v. Ferguson: Impact & Summary

This lesson explains the impact of Plessy v. Ferguson, an important Supreme Court decision made in 1896. The Court ruled on the concept of 'separate but equal' and set back civil rights in the United States for decades to come.

What are Civil Liberties? - Definition, Examples & Cases

4. What are Civil Liberties? - Definition, Examples & Cases

What are civil liberties? How are they different from civil rights? How do we know exactly what (and when) they are? The issue of civil liberties began with the Constitution and continues with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

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

6. 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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