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STAAR US History: Landmark Supreme Court Cases - Chapter Summary
In this informative STAAR US History test prep chapter, instructors use a combination of video and text lessons to teach you about the Supreme Court's jurisdiction and the checks and balances to its power. Instructors will also explain the process required to amend the Constitution and summarize some of the most influential Supreme Court cases. By the end of this chapter, you will understand the outcomes and impacts of the following landmark cases:
- Plessy v. Ferguson
- Brown v. Board of Education
- Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District
- Wisconsin v. Yoder
- White v. Regester
Once you feel you have a good grasp on the details of these cases and their results, you can test your comprehension through the short multiple-choice lesson quizzes and more detailed chapter exam. Supplemental quiz worksheets are also available, which can be printed and used as a reference for key points while studying the lessons. Transcripts for video lessons can also be printed and include highlighted key words.
1. What is the Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court?
The U.S. Supreme Court exercises a right to preside over specific cases and is considered the court of original jurisdiction based on subject-matter jurisdiction. It is considered an appellate court for cases involving constitutional law under certain circumstances.
2. Constitutional Checks & Balances on the Power of the Supreme Court: Definition & Examples
Our federal government is divided into three branches. Each of the three branches holds certain checks and balances on the other two branches. This lesson explores the major checks and balances on the power of the United States Supreme Court.
3. The Process of Amending the Constitution
Amending the United States Constitution is a complicated process. It's only been accomplished 27 times. This lesson outlines the process by which the U.S. Constitution can be amended.
4. 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.
5. Brown v. Board of Education Case: Summary & Significance
The 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education led to the integration of public schools in America. In this lesson, you'll learn about the historical background to the case and why it was so significant, after which you'll test your own knowledge of Brown v. Board of Education with a brief quiz.
6. 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.
7. Wisconsin v. Yoder: Case Brief & Summary
Wisconsin v. Yoder is an important Supreme Court case concerning the freedom of religion in the United States. In this lesson, we will learn about the case's background, Constitutional question, and the decision of the justices.
8. White v. Regester: Summary & Impact
In the United States, states have their own rights which cannot be violated by the federal government. In this lesson we'll examine the case of White v. Regester and see how a US Supreme Court decision was challenged by the state of Texas.
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Other chapters within the STAAR U.S. History: Test Prep & Practice course
- STAAR US History: Independence & the Founding Fathers
- STAAR US History: Historical Eras & Significant Events (1877 to Present)
- STAAR US History: Political, Economic & Social Change (1877-1898)
- STAAR US History: United States as a World Power (1898-1920)
- STAAR US History: World War I
- STAAR US History: Early 20th Century Reform & Third-Party Movements
- STAAR US History: Individuals & Social Change During the 1920s
- STAAR US History: World War II
- STAAR US History: Cold War & the United States
- STAAR US History: The Vietnam War
- STAAR US History: The Civil Rights Movement
- STAAR US History: Civil Rights Legislation
- STAAR US History: Role of US in the World (1970-1990)
- STAAR US History: Ronald Reagan & the Rise of Conservatism
- STAAR US History: Foreign Policy & the Gulf War
- STAAR US History: Geographic Factors & Events
- STAAR US History: Migration, Immigration & American Society
- STAAR US History: Population Growth & Environmental Concerns
- STAAR US History: Arts & Culture
- STAAR US History: People Contributing to National Identity
- STAAR US History: Changing Role of the Government
- STAAR US History: Domestic & Global Accountability in Government
- STAAR US History: Government Branches & Checks & Balances
- STAAR US History: Core Values & the Democratic Process
- STAAR US History: Major Amendments to the US Constitution
- STAAR US History: Civic Participation & Leadership
- STAAR US History: Legislation & Economic Growth (1870-1920)
- STAAR US History: Economic Development Between WWI & WWII
- STAAR US History: Economic Effects of World War II & the Cold War
- STAAR US History: Economic Interdependence in the 21st Century
- STAAR US History: Impact of Science & Technology on Economic Development
- STAAR US History: Research & Analyzing Information
- STAAR US History: Critical Thinking & Writing
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