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History of the Supreme Court

Trace the development of the Supreme Court from a body having little power to its current status as the most powerful and prestigious judicial institution in the world.

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36 Lectures

1
Image of Personality and Principle
Personality and Principle
0 of 33 min
2
Image of Shaping the Constitution and the Court
Shaping the Constitution and the Court
0 of 30 min
3
Image of Ratification and the Bill of Rights
Ratification and the Bill of Rights
0 of 30 min
4
Image of John Marshall Takes Control
John Marshall Takes Control
0 of 30 min
5
Image of Impeachment, Contract, and Federal Power
Impeachment, Contract, and Federal Power
0 of 30 min
6
Image of Roger Taney Takes Control
Roger Taney Takes Control
0 of 29 min
7
Image of “A Small Pleasant-Looking Negro”
“A Small Pleasant-Looking Negro”
0 of 29 min
8
Image of The Civil War Amendments
The Civil War Amendments
0 of 30 min
9
Image of “Separate but Equal”
“Separate but Equal”
0 of 30 min
10
Image of Two Justices from Boston
Two Justices from Boston
0 of 29 min
11
Image of The Laissez-Faire Court
The Laissez-Faire Court
0 of 30 min
12
Image of “Clear and Present Danger”
“Clear and Present Danger”
0 of 29 min
13
Image of The Taft Court and the Twenties
The Taft Court and the Twenties
0 of 30 min
14
Image of Wins and Losses for New Deal Laws
Wins and Losses for New Deal Laws
0 of 29 min
15
Image of “Court Packing” and Constitutional Revolution
“Court Packing” and Constitutional Revolution
0 of 29 min
16
Image of The New Dealers Take Control
The New Dealers Take Control
0 of 29 min
17
Image of “Beyond the Reach of Majorities”
“Beyond the Reach of Majorities”
0 of 30 min
18
Image of Pearl Harbor and Panic
Pearl Harbor and Panic
0 of 30 min
19
Image of The Supreme Court and the Communist Party
The Supreme Court and the Communist Party
0 of 30 min
20
Image of Thurgood Marshall—Lawyer and Justice
Thurgood Marshall—Lawyer and Justice
0 of 29 min
21
Image of Five Jim Crow Schools and Five Cases
Five Jim Crow Schools and Five Cases
0 of 30 min
22
Image of The Hearts and Minds of Black Children
The Hearts and Minds of Black Children
0 of 30 min
23
Image of “War Against the Constitution”
“War Against the Constitution”
0 of 30 min
24
Image of Earl Warren—Politician to Chief Justice
Earl Warren—Politician to Chief Justice
0 of 30 min
25
Image of “We Beg Thy Blessings”
“We Beg Thy Blessings”
0 of 29 min
26
Image of “You Have the Right to Remain Silent”
“You Have the Right to Remain Silent”
0 of 29 min
27
Image of The Warren Court Reshapes the Constitution
The Warren Court Reshapes the Constitution
0 of 29 min
28
Image of Earl Warren Leaves, Warren Burger Arrives
Earl Warren Leaves, Warren Burger Arrives
0 of 30 min
29
Image of “A Right to Privacy”
“A Right to Privacy”
0 of 30 min
30
Image of From Abortion to Watergate
From Abortion to Watergate
0 of 29 min
31
Image of The Court Faces Affirmative Action
The Court Faces Affirmative Action
0 of 30 min
32
Image of Down from the Pedestal, Out of the Closet
Down from the Pedestal, Out of the Closet
0 of 30 min
33
Image of Burning Flags and Burning Crosses
Burning Flags and Burning Crosses
0 of 30 min
34
Image of Prayer and Abortion Return to the Court
Prayer and Abortion Return to the Court
0 of 29 min
35
Image of One Vote Decides Two Crucial Cases
One Vote Decides Two Crucial Cases
0 of 30 min
36
Image of Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Looking Back and Looking Ahead
0 of 30 min

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November 29, 2018

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g********m
July 23, 2018
Very well done. I wonder what Professor Irons thinks about what is happening today?

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April 20, 2018

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