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U.S. Supreme Court Cases & Decisions - Chapter Summary
This chapter dissects a number of key cases throughout the history of the Supreme Court and what their outcomes meant for law going forward. The lessons focus on individual cases so that you can build your understanding step-by-step. By the time you finish the chapter, you'll have reviewed the power of the federal judiciary and each of the following landmark cases:
- Marbury v. Madison
- McCulloch v. Maryland
- Dred Scott v. Sanford
- Plessy v. Ferguson
The practice quizzes that correspond to each lesson give you the opportunity to double-check your understanding of the content as you go along. These quizzes refer you right back to the relevant point of the lesson when you answer incorrectly, and they can also be printed as worksheets if you'd like to spend some time studying offline.
1. The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences
Federal judges and Supreme Court justices make their decisions using different rationales and theories. This lesson explores the power of the federal judiciary, including a discussion of judicial review and judicial activism.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Dred Scott v. Sanford: Case Summary & Decision
In this lesson, we will explore the famous Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case. We will learn about the case's background, the court's findings, and the impact of this landmark decision.
5. 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.
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