The Supremes' Greatest Hits: The 34 Supreme Court Cases That Most Directly Affect Your Life

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Can the government seize your house in order to build a shopping mall? Can it determine what you can do to your own body? Why are you allowed to copy songs on a CD, but not music files from the Internet? The answers to those questions come from the Supreme Court?and its rulings have shaped American life and justice. Here are 34 of the most significant issues it has grappled with?from equal rights to privacy rights, from the limits of speech to the boundaries between church and state. Many of these cases read like...
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Can the government seize your house in order to build a shopping mall? Can it determine what you can do to your own body? Why are you allowed to copy songs on a CD, but not music files from the Internet? The answers to those questions come from the Supreme Court—and its rulings have shaped American life and justice. Here are 34 of the most significant issues it has grappled with—from equal rights to privacy rights, from the limits of speech to the boundaries between church and state. Many of these cases read like thrillers…right down to their cliff-hanging endings. Among the most intriguing: the Dred Scott decision, Miranda v. Arizona, Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, and Bush v. Gore.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402741074
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 12/5/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Acknowledgments     3
Introduction: "A Government of Laws, Not Men"     9
How the Supreme Court Became Supreme     23
Marbury V. Madison     24
Dred Scott V. Sanford     29
One Nation Under God? Matters of Church and State     35
Engle V. Vitale     36
Epperson V. Arkansas     40
Van Orden V. Perry     46
McCreary County, Kentucky V. Aclu of Kentucky     46
Innocent Until Proven Guilty: The Rights of the Accused     50
Gideon V. Wainwright     51
Miranda V. Arizona     54
The Melting Pot: Race, Discrimination, and Diversity     58
Brown V. Board of Education     59
Gratz V. Bollinger     62
Grutter V. Bollinger     62
Boy Scouts of America V. Dale     66
Playing Politics     71
Buckley V. Valeo     72
Bush V. Gore     77
The Right of Privacy: From Before the Cradle to the Grave     83
Griswold V. Connecticut     84
Roe V. Wade     88
Washington V. Glucksberg     92
"Big Government" in Your Business and in Your Backyard     95
West Coast Hotel Co. V. Parish     96
Heart of Atlanta Motel V. United States     100
Katzenbach V. McClung     100
Burlington Industries V. Ellerth     107
Standard Oil Co. V. United States     110
Kelo V. City of New London     113
Monroe V. Pape     117
Limiting the Imperial Presidency     120
Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. V. Sawyer     122
United States V. Nixon     127
How Free Is Free Speech?     132
Brandenburg V. Ohio     133
Miller V. California     135
Texas V. Johnson     141
New York Times Co. V. Sullivan     144
New York Times Co. V. United States     148
Old Laws and New Technologies     152
MGM Studios Inc. V. Grokster, Ltd.     153
Kyllo V. United States     158
United States V. American Library Association     162
Afterword     167
Resources     173
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