Ch 10: Supreme Court Cases 1955-1959

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We can help you review the important Supreme Court cases from 1955 to 1959 with help of this engaging chapter. You'll find short, user-friendly lessons and multiple-choice quizzes in this comprehensive study guide that are designed to help you catch up in class or finish your homework.

Supreme Court Cases 1955-1959 - Chapter Summary

This informative chapter outlines Supreme Court cases from 1955 to 1959 for your review. Topics covered here include the importance of Commissioner v. Glenshaw Glass Co., the significance of Williamson v. Lee Optical Co. and the case of Griffin v. Illinois, among others. Each one of our lessons is written by a professional instructor in an easy-to-follow way, and you can work at your own pace and convenience. We've provided multiple-choice quizzes with the lessons so you can ensure you've understood what you've learned. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the decision in Reid v. Covert
  • Outline the significance of Watkins v. United States
  • Summarize Yates v. United States
  • Identify the ruling in Roth v. United States
  • Give some of the facts from Conley v. Gibson
  • Explain the case of McGee v. International Life Insurance Co.
  • Detail the dissent from Lambert v. California
  • Provide a summary for Trop v. Dulles
  • Describe the ruling in NAACP v. Alabama
  • Outline the importance of Cooper v. Aaron
  • Discuss the significance of Barenblatt v. United States

11 Lessons in Chapter 10: Supreme Court Cases 1955-1959
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Williamson v. Lee Optical Co.

1. Williamson v. Lee Optical Co.

The 14th Amendment gave the federal government the right to review state laws to consider if they violated their citizen's Constitutional rights. In this lesson you will learn how the Supreme Court's decision in ''Williamson v. Lee Optical Company'' provided guidelines for reviewing such laws.

Griffin v. Illinois: Case & Decision

2. Griffin v. Illinois: Case & Decision

The ability to appeal a trial verdict is a right in a fair and impartial judicial system. In this lesson, you'll learn how the decision in Griffin v. Illinois affects the rights of indigent defendants wanting to appeal their case.

Watkins v. United States: Case, Decision & Significance

3. Watkins v. United States: Case, Decision & Significance

Congress has vast authority to call witnesses to testify at its hearings. In this lesson, we will learn how the Supreme Court ruled in 'Watkins v. United States' when testifying might violate a person's rights.

Yates v. United States: Summary & Significance

4. Yates v. United States: Summary & Significance

Free speech often clashes with the right of the government to protect its citizens. In this lesson, we will explore how the decision in ''Yates v. United States'' balanced those rights.

Roth v. United States: Summary & Ruling

5. Roth v. United States: Summary & Ruling

''Roth v. United States'' was a landmark case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The issue at hand was obscene material. This lesson will discuss ''Roth v. United States'' to include a summary and the ruling in the case.

McGee v. International Life Insurance Co.

6. McGee v. International Life Insurance Co.

When a suit is filed against someone in another state, a question arises whether the court has authority over both parties. In this lesson, we will see how the Supreme Court dealt with that issue in ''McGee v. International Life Insurance Co.''

Lambert v. California: Case & Dissent

7. Lambert v. California: Case & Dissent

Ignorance of the law is no excuse. In this lesson, we will learn if there is any truth to that phrase when we explore the Supreme Court's decision in 'Lambert v. California.'

Trop v. Dulles: Summary & Significance

8. Trop v. Dulles: Summary & Significance

The Eighth Amendment requires that punishment be proportionate to the crime. In this lesson, we will see how the Supreme Court ruled on whether a punishment that revoked one's citizenship violated the amendment.

NAACP v. Alabama: Summary, Ruling & Significance

9. NAACP v. Alabama: Summary, Ruling & Significance

In this lesson we will learn about the 1958 Supreme Court case NAACP v. Alabama, including the background to the case, the Court's ruling, and its significance for freedom of association and civil rights.

Cooper v. Aaron: Summary, Decision & Importance

10. Cooper v. Aaron: Summary, Decision & Importance

The Supreme Court had ruled to end segregation in public schools, but many districts around the country said they had the right to refuse. In this lesson, we will learn how the Supreme Court's decision in ''Cooper v. Aaron'' dealt with that claim.

Barenblatt v. United States: Summary, Facts & Significance

11. Barenblatt v. United States: Summary, Facts & Significance

Congress has the power to investigate into matters of national security, but what happens when that power clashes with a person's constitutional rights? In this lesson, we will learn how the Supreme Court's decision in ''Barenblatt v. United States'' helped define those powers.

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