Ch 18: U.S. Supreme Court Cases & Decisions

About This Chapter

This chapter analyzes several important cases and decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. You'll learn about the details of these cases as well as the legal significance of their outcomes.

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.

5 Lessons in Chapter 18: U.S. Supreme Court Cases & Decisions
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The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences

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.

Marbury v. Madison: Definition, Summary & Significance

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.

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

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.

Dred Scott v. Sanford: Case Summary & Decision

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.

Plessy v. Ferguson: Impact & Summary

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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