Landmark Supreme Court Cases: The Most Influential Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States / Edition 1
Through its interpretations of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court issues decisions that shape American law, define the functioning of government and society, and address the most important issues of the day. Justices are nominated by the president, are confirmed by Congress, and receive lifetime appointments to their seats. No court in the country can overturn Supreme Court rulings. Famous cases such as Roe v. Wade, Plessy v. Ferguson, Dred Scott v. John F. A. Sandford, and Miranda v. Arizona are among the most important heard by the Court, but many others have also profoundly impacted American life.
For students of American history and political science, Landmark Supreme Court Cases provides current, concise, and thorough summaries of more than 350 of the most important and influential U.S. Supreme Court cases. Ideal as a quick reference or starting point for further research, the book covers cases on such issues as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, civil rights, labor unions, abortion, antitrust and competition, due process, search and seizure, executive privilege, and more. Organized alphabetically by court case, each entry includes the case title and legal citation, year of decision, key issue, historical background, legal arguments, decision (majority and dissenting opinions), aftermath and significance, related cases, and recommended reading. Other features include a chronology of cases, an index of cases by parties and by popular titles, a subject index, a glossary of legal terms, and guidance on how to read a legal citation.