Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions

Coming this fall!

In October, as the Supreme Court convenes for its 2015 session, C-SPAN will debut a new 12-part history series produced in cooperation with the National Constitution Center, exploring the issues, people, and places involved in some of the most significant Supreme Court cases in our nation’s history.

The 90 minute programs will air live on C-SPAN and C-SPAN3 on Monday nights at 9pm ET, beginning October 5, 2015. A video-rich website will offer the series on-demand along with classroom materials.

TV Schedule
  • October 5
    Marbury v. Madison
    Establishing the basis for judicial review

  • October 12
    Dred Scott v. Sanford
    Denying citizenship to African-Americans

  • October 19
    Plessy v. Ferguson
    Legitimizing the concept of "separate but equal"

  • October 26
    Lochner v. New York
    Allowing employers the upper hand in cases involving labor laws

  • November 2
    Korematsu v. United States
    Allowing internment camps

  • November 9
    Brown v. Board of Education
    Establishing that separate is not equal

  • November 16
    Baker v. Carr
    Allowing redistricting to be considered by the Federal Courts

  • November 23
    Gideon v. Wainwright
    Extending to the defendant the right of counsel in criminal trials

  • November 30
    New York Times v. Sullivan
    Protecting the media from certain libel suits

  • December 7
    Griswold v. Connecticut
    Ruling that the First Amendment guarantees a right to privacy

  • December 14
    Miranda v. Arizona
    Establishing the right to counsel before police questioning

  • December 21
    Roe v. Wade
    Giving women the right to terminate a pregnancy
In cooperation with:
National Constitution Center